Honouring Conor: Tignish to host bantam AA provincials

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Conor Shea

Tignish will host the Prince Edward Island bantam AA boys hockey provincials this year to pay tribute and honour the memory of Conor Shea.

The 14-year-old from Tignish, who played for the Tignish bantam AA Aces, died last month in a snowmobile accident. 

The bantam AA provincials were originally awarded to Souris Minor Hockey and the Montague bantam AA team. With the co-operation of Souris Minor Hockey, Hockey P.E.I. recently announced the bantam AA boys championships would be relocated to Tignish.

"Following the death of Conor we received a request from the family and the Tignish bantam AA team asking minor council to consider this change to the provincial hosts," said Al MacIsaac, Hockey P.E.I. Minor Council chairman. "This was not an easy decision, but we felt that it was only fitting to approve the request out of respect for the family, the team and community, as they continue to grieve. And to provide an opportunity to celebrate the life of this young player and honour Conor in his home community."

The peewee AA boys championships, originally awarded to Tignish, will now be played in Souris. Both events are from April 1 to 3.

Many teams throughout the province have shown their solidarity with moments of silence and significant donations. The family has asked for donations to support a Tignish Minor Hockey Jersey Fund and P.E.I. teams and families have shown their support. 

"Seeing the love and support that has come from the hockey community has been overwhelming and certainly a reminder of the solidarity amongst the hockey community," said Hockey P.E.I. executive director Rob Newson. "One cannot imagine the heart ache and sorrow a family will experience with the loss of a child, but hopefully the strong show of support brings the family some peace and comfort during this difficult time."

Hockey P.E.I. created a helmet decal to honour Shea (#CS16).

About 3,000 decals were distributed to teams throughout the province generating about $4,000 for the jersey fund.

Alberton is hosting the midget AA all-star game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and there will also be a 50/50 and other draws. All proceeds are going to be split between the jersey fund and going to Callum Thomson, an eight-year-old from Pinette who hasacute promyelocytic (APL) leukemia. 

The game will be an east versus west contest, featuring the top players from each of the Island's nine midget AA teams.


The Eastern Crunch


Devin Knockwood

Tyler Cormier

Ty Casford

Logan Fitzpatrick

North River

Connor Andrews

Mason MacDougall

Brook Soloman


Will Parker

Dylan MacDonald

Sean Frasier

Matt Hallwell


Jarrett King

Hayden Somers

Colton Morris

Cameron McLennan


Jacob Parent

Sammy Dougherty

Michael Jenkins

Coaching staff

Kent King

Kendell Palmer

Jimmy O'Brien

Honourary coach Bruce Rannie


The Western Thunder

North River

Shaun Stultz

Lewis Stultz

Alex Taylor

Gulf Storm

Nicolas Vonder-Velden

Chandler Dawson

Morgan Darbyson


Kaleb Cole

Noah Corkum

Parker LeClair



Andrew Gallant

Jorden Rafferty

Oliver Smallman

Daniel MacWilliams


Jake Dwyer

Brandon Forsyth

Dawson Sellick

Lexin Gaudet

Coaching staff

Wayne Sellick

Gian Martinson

Dwayne Gilks

Robbie Corkum

Honourary coach Freddie (The Fiddler) MacDonald

Organizations: Hockey P.E.I. Minor Council, Tignish Minor Hockey Jersey Fund

Geographic location: Tignish, Prince Edward Island, North River Pinette Charlottetown

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