OWEN SOUND – Broomball teams from all over Canada gathered for the 2018 Juvenile National Championships in Owen Sound earlier this month and the Sting, heavily favoured and representing Ontario, continued their dominant play with yet another gold medal.
The victory marks the latest title for the area team with wins in the qualifier’s tournament, the provincial tournament and also a first place finish in their men’s broomball league for the third year in a row.
Competing against teams from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario on a national stage did little to intimidate the Sting as they established records in several categories including, plus 35 goal differential, most points, most goals, most assists, most goals for and least goals against.
Sting players occupied nine of the top 11 spots in tournament scoring with Xavier Leclerc leading the way with 15 pts (3G 12A). His performance earned him the overall tournament MVP – the youngest player ever to do so. Starting goalie Yanick Gignac also had a brilliant tournament with four shutouts and a GAA of 0.43 through seven games.
The Sting breezed through the tournament with wins of 9-1, 7-0, 8-0, 3-1 and 3-1 in round robin action. They didn’t allow a goal in elimination rounds with a 5-0 win in the semi-finals and a 3-0 victory in the championship game.
The Sting, comprised of players from the surrounding area, is a tight-knit family and every member plays an important active role. Positive comments from opposing coaches, players and spectators praised their style of play, sportsmanship and talent.
Although teams are allowed to pick up players along with their regular players for a total of up to 20 they stuck with their 14 regular players and achieved the triple crown (gold at the qualifier, provincials and nationals).
Remarkably, this is the second time the Sting have been able to accomplish the feat with the first coming in 2012.
The Sting have high hopes to repeat next year and hope to grow the program with this latest success.