TOP TIER GIRLS SUPERSERIES CHAMPIONS CROWNED
TORONTO — Nearly 40 boys and girls Peewee Major, Bantam Minor and Bantam Major youth hockey teams from coast to coast were on hand this past weekend in the first of three “Triple Crown” events this summer presented by Superseries AAA Elite Hockey.
Played over a three-year period, the Triple Crown of Hockey provides teams, players, and families a truly unique experience and format. Based in three NHL original-six cities in Montreal, Chicago and Toronto, the first event of the summer provided the ultimate hockey and destination experience.
This past weekend, champions were crowned at Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence and Scotiabank Pond and many of the top boys and girls in North America were on hand in front of scouts from Boston College, Colgate, Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Penn State, Quinnipiac, UConn, RPI and Wisconsin.
“Triple Crown Toronto featured many of North America’s premier 2004 born players and their talent was on full display throughout the entire weekend,” former NHL player and Montreal native Steve Dubinsky said. “The championship game between Minnesota Blades and Team SuperSeries was one of the most high-paced and skilled games I’ve seen at the Bantam level. It will be fun to watch these kids in the coming years, as they continue their journey of reaching the next level.”
Ryan Chesley broke a scoreless tie with 3:42 remaining in regulation and Nick Pierre added an insurance goal with 15 seconds remaining as the Blades edged Team Superseries 2-0 in the boys team championship at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke, Ontario on Sunday.
Maddox Fleming assisted on both goals for the Blades, which utilized goalies Christian Manz and Ben Dardis in between the pipes throughout the intense four-day competition. Pierre also assisted on Chesley’s game-winning goal in a tournament that featured teams from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec as well as Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and New Jersey.
On the girls side, the Ontario Selects captured three of five team titles winning 2003, 2006 and 2007 tournaments at Scotiabank Pond in North York, Ontario. Regional Express Gold won the 2004 team title while the West Coast Selects won 2005.
“When building Top Tier Girls, the intent was to have that Sunday feeling every game,” former NHL player Wayne Primeau, who oversees the girls events, said. “I think when you look at the box scores, you can see that in how close the scores were and how incredible the competition was at this event. I love seeing how far girls hockey has come. Top Tier really does have the feel of an elite boys event. In the Sunday finals, we had two games go to overtime, one game finish in a shootout and the other two finals decided by one goal. I love this weekend and look forward to next years event already!”
“The opportunity to see so many of the best players in North America at Top Tier Girls was so exciting for everyone at SuperSeries AAA,” President Jeremy Dallow said. “Having college coaches and scouts from so many top universities was a testament to how high the level of play was. We are looking to continue to expand the opportunity for female players to play the very best competition in every game which is the mission of SuperSeries AAA.”
Final Score: Ontario Selects 3, Warriors 2 (2003)
Final Score: Regional Express Gold 2, WCS 1 (2004)
Final Score: West Coast Selects 2, East Coast Selects 1 (2005)
Final Score: Ontario Selects 3, Jr. Selects Red 2 (2006)
Final Score: Ontario Selects 3, Jr. Selects 2 (2007)
Triple Crown June Schedule
Toronto, ON May 31-June 3
Chicago, IL June 7-10
Montreal, QC June 20-24
“It was very exciting to see the 2004 age group play in the Triple Crown,” Dallow added. “This is the first group of teams that have participated in the Show, and then three Triple Crown events.
“Our mission to provide great games, great competition and great value which was the goal of the Triple Crown series, has worked amazingly well. We look forward to seeing what all of these players accomplish in the future.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
Special to HockeyClan
Main Image: Triple Crown Toronto Team Champions, the 2004 Minnesota Blades. (Photo courtesy of Superseries AAA Elite Hockey)
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