Ava Boutilier can’t wait for the Irving Oil Challenge Cup to begin.
The Charlottetown Abbies goaltender and her teammates are in Mount Pearl, N.L., for the bantam AAA hockey championship, which begins today and runs through Sunday.
“I have trained and worked really hard to get to this tournament,” Boutilier said. “My parents and grandfather are making the trip with me to Newfoundland. The cup is a very big deal for me and my family.”
Bantam AAA teams from across Atlantic Canada have been battling for their respective provincial championship titles and a spot in the Atlantics.
Joining the Abbies are the Bubba Ray's Gulls from Nova Scotia, the Moncton Hawks, the host Tri Com Thunder and the Newfoundland provincial champions, the St. John's Ice Breakers.
The Abbies open the championship today at 4 p.m. against the Moncton Hawks.
“The excitement we see in young hockey players like Ava is the reason we sponsor the Irving Oil Challenge Cup,” said Paul Browning, Irving Oil president and CEO. “It gives young athletes in Atlantic Canada a place to shine. Ava’s energy really hits home for us.”
Former Irving Oil Challenge Cup Alumni include several current and former professional hockey players such as Sidney Crosby and Colin White.
Paul Rosen will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s awards banquet. Rosen, an inspirational speaker, represented Canada on the National Sledge Hockey Team during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
A look at the schedule for the Irving Oil Challenge Cup bantam AAA hockey tournament in Mount Pearl, N.L. All times are ADT.
Tri Com Thunder, St. John's Ice Breakers, Charlottetown Abbies, Bubba Ray's Gulls and Moncton Hawks.
1:30 p.m. – St. John's vs. Bubba Ray's.
4 p.m. – Moncton vs. Charlottetown.
6:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies.
7 p.m. – Bubba Ray's vs. Tri Com.
9:30 a.m. – Charlottetown vs. St. John's.
Noon – Tri Com vs. Moncton.
3:30 p.m. – Charlottetown vs. Bubba Ray's.
7 p.m. – St. John's vs. Tri Com.
9:30 a.m. – Bubba Ray's vs. Moncton.
Noon – Tri Com vs. Charlottetown.
3 p.m. – Moncton vs. St. John's.
6:30 p.m. – Awards banquet.
9 a.m. – Bronze medal game.