Keegan's Silver Stick Speech, News (Barrie Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
17-18 AE - Atom - Keegan's Silver Stick Speech
Submitted By Mark Kennedy on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Thank you to our very own Keegan for sharing his speech about Barrie Atom AE's Silver Stick win!

It’s Tucker Morton with the puck. He splits the defence and then passes it up to Jake Archer. Archer takes the pass and races down the ice. Archer is winding up. He takes the shot. He Scores!!!

Well that’s what happened on January 14, 2018 at the Seymour Hannah rink in St. Catharines Ontario when my hockey team won the International Silver Stick finals. It was incredible to watch.

For those of you who do not know what the International Silver Stick is I am about to tell you within this speech.

Although I like to think of the International Silver Stick tournament as a reason to stay in a fancy hotel with my teammates and play some hockey, it is actually a much bigger deal than that. The word International in the title of this tournament means teams from all over the world are able to attend, though they will have to play their way through a regional qualifier to be able to play within the International Silver Stick Finals.


Bringing different countries together is how this tournament originally began. The founder of the International Silver Stick, Jack Kinsella, got the idea while attending his son’s exhibition game in Potsdam New York in November of 1956. His son’s team the Woodroffe Cardinals from just west of Ottawa here in Canada, were playing against the Potsdam Golden Knights from New York in the U.S.A. After the game Kinsella decided to invite the Golden Knights to Canada to play to foster goodwill between the two countries. There was very little ice in Ottawa so they played in Richmond Ontario just outside of Ottawa. Richmond had one of the very few indoor arenas at the time. Ernie Temple, a coach at the time for the Richmond Minor Hockey Association wanted to test the idea that Jack Kinsella brought to him. Together they organized two games to be played at the Richmond Ontario Arena on February 6, 1958. The team from Canada combined the Woodroffe Bantams and the Richmond Peewees to play against the Potsdam Golden Knights. The games were sold out. There had been lots of enthusiasm despite Potsdam’s winning effort who won both games. This had proved that the concept was a successful one and had also paved the way for the very first Silver Stick hockey tournament.

This first tournament was held in February of 1958 and was based on a four game total point system. Bantam and peewee teams came from both Potsdam New

York and South Carleton made an all-star team from the Richmond area. They played using American college rules for all the games. The teams from Potsdam defeated those from South Carlton 5-3 crowning them the first Silver Stick champions! This first tournament’s success led to the gradual expansion of the International Silver Stick. Jack Kinsella’s only hope was that “everyone who participated regardless of the outcome would adopt the philosophy of citizenship and international goodwill.” I can tell you from my experience at the International Silver Stick that people from all over the world came together to meet each other, trade pins and cheer each other on!

Creating good relationships between countries is great but all sports fans love a trophy. The original Silver Stick trophy was purchased for more than the original Stanley Cup cost! That trophy stays at the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto. Each year the winning teams from International Silver Stick tournaments get to have their team name up at the Hockey Hall of Fame with the trophy and each player and coach gets to keep a real sterling silver replica pin of that trophy!

 

The International Silver Stick tournament has grown a lot including hundreds of teams and multiple tournaments each year, but Jack Kinsella’s main concept is still the same. If you ever get a chance to attend one of these tournaments as a player or as a hockey fan you will be amazed. The opening ceremonies reminded me of the Olympics. Each team carrying flags and wearing their jerseys showing pride for their country. When we won the tournament on January 14 I was so proud. Proud of our team and proud to be Canadian. After throwing my helmet off hugging my teammates and getting our medals, we went over to the other team and shook their hands and said great game to the Colorado team from U.S.A. showing the good will and sportsmanship Jack Kinsella had envisioned all those years ago.

This article has been viewed 893 times.
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Barrie Minor Hockey on Twitter
- and -
Visit Barrie Minor Hockey on Facebook
- and -
Follow Barrie Minor Hockey on Instagram
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 14
    Oct
    AA - PeeWee
    Against all odds, the PEEWEE AA team won GOLD at the Humberview Huskies Scotiabank Challenge Cup! So proud of these boys! Big thanks to our Coaching Staff (Head Coach Jeff Prokopec, Coaches Joe Rockbrune Jr., Rick de Bokx, Team Trainer Matt Neller & ...
  • 10
    Oct
    A - PeeWee White
    Congratulations to the FurnaceDepot.ca PeeWee A White Barrie Colts on capturing SILVER at the Halton Hills ‘Best of The Best’ Tournament!
  • 04
    Oct
    Organization
    House League Select tryout registration is now open for Novice to Minor Midget. To register 
  • 02
    Oct
    Organization
    The Board of Directors of the Barrie Minor Hockey Association (BMHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of 
  • 01
    Oct
    AA - Bantam
    This past Sunday the Bantam AA boys showed their support for their community and for a worthy cause.  The team came out in full force to support the CIBC Run for the Cure campaign in support of Breast Cancer awareness.  The boys had a great ...
  • 01
    Oct
    Organization
    Peak Performance Mouthguards will be hosting a mouthguard clinic at the Holly Rec Center on Saturday October 6 from 10am-12. Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please contact Terri Stephens at [email protected]
  • 30
    Sep
    A - Minor Bantam White
    The Mom's Restaurant boys went to the Nations Capital with the intent of coming home with a medal and a gold medal is what they got.
  • 24
    Sep
    Organization
    We would like to congratulate the following people on being chosen as Coaches of our Rostered Select teams for the 2018/2019 Season.         Novice - Brandon Saunders       Minor Atom - Ed Garinger       Atom - Aaron Houston       Minor ...
Printed from barrieminorhockey.net on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11:51 AM