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Submitted By Kerry Garton on Saturday, May 2, 2020
Bantam C

Federal White Cement – West Oxford Inferno Bantam C’s

The 2019-2020 Bantam C West Oxford Inferno was an outstanding group of players and more importantly teammates. Our small rostered team made up of twelve dedicated players bonded quickly both on and off the ice. Each player knew they were a vital part of the team and skated hard in every practice and played their heart out every shift, of every game. Throughout each stage of the season our team consistently kept improving. We learned some lessons early on and started to figure out some winning strategies to help us through the regular season. Unfortunately, our playoff season was cut short due to the pandemic. It was bittersweet receiving the call that our season was over just as we got off the ice from our final round robin playoff game. This last game had given us enough points to move onto the final playoff round.

We had the opportunity to participate in four hockey tournaments this year. Each tournament we played some great hockey and had lots of fun. Two of the tournaments we finished in semi-final play and achieved a second-place finish in the St. Thomas tournament.

Our team had many memorable game moments; defense faceoff rushes, game wining slapshot goals from the point, single-handed penalty kills, relentless back-checking, overtime shootout wins, and many, many shutouts. Our team had 18 shutouts to be exact, that just shows the dedication of the entire team to keep the puck out of their net.

This group of players will be remembered as the most enjoyable group of players to coach. I will miss the pre-game coach talk routines, the pregame cheer “Merry Christmas you filthy animals!”, and the smiles on these players faces when they scored a goal or were praised for making an outstanding play. To Alex, Blythe, Carleigh, Clara, Elise, Georgia, Julia, Lauren, Laurissa, Paisley, Rachael, and Reesor, thank you for all the hard work and great memories!

I would like to thank our team manager Jay Vyse, trainer Jillian Brekelmans, and assistant coaches Chris Dench, Rich Suozzi, and Greg Clarke for all the time, dedication, and hard work they have put into being part of our coaching staff.

A special thanks to all our dedicated parents and volunteers. Everyone helped with all the team duties, from the many score keepers, Jennifer Searle with the sponsor banner, Leah Gardiner and Nicole Steele as our bench moms, and of course our outstanding cheering squad! As a side note, our parent group also had the largest parent team in the parent/player game I have ever seen!

Lastly we have many thanks to our title sponsor Federal White Cement and our tournament sponsors Mobil Services Inc., JMS Printworks, Tiny’s Automotive, Village Catering & Deli, Perfectly Painted, Egan Electric Inc., Steele Farms, WSC Lighting Systems, and Chorley + Bisset Consulting Engineers for helping make our season a success.

Sincerely Coach Jay




As voted by the coaching staff, the Esso Achievement Awards for the West Oxford Inferno Bantam C are as follows:

Most Improved

This player traded in her figure skates for hockey skates this season. While being new to the sport she quickly showed her drive and determination in learning the game and improving her hockey skills. She always worked hard to help her team and was an asset in front of the net.  Lauren Suozzi

Most Dedicated

This player worked hard in every game to help her team. Her ability to never give up and smile in the face of adversity was an inspiration to her teammates. Even when our team manager presented this player with the challenge of receiving an ice cream for every shutout, she knew it was a team effort and the challenge changed to getting enough shutouts for the entire team to enjoy the ice cream together. Julia Allair

Most Sportsmanlike

This player was a leader on our team that always played hard. She never waited for things to happen on the ice and knew the importance of a 45 second hard-skating shift. She motivated her teammates and her positive attitude was contagious both on and off the ice. Rachael Lang

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