Championship banners revealed at complex

By Joel Charron

Their legacy will now be remembered forever.

The 2009-2010 Midget Major OHMA championship and OHF finalists along with the 2010-2011 Midget Majors OHMA and OHF Champions were honored Saturday afternoon at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

The two championship teams saw their championship banners added to the wall where five other banners hang.

“These championships were 22 years in the making,” said Amherstburg Minor Hockey (AMH) president Marc Renaud. “On behalf of AMH I would like to thank all the parents, coaches and especially the players for making Amherstburg a proud hockey town.”

Jack St. Louis, Kyle Morand, Zoran Popel and Tyler Pope-Ferguson (93) watch as the championship banners from this year and last year are revealed Saturday afternoon.

Glen Holden, who played on the 1985-86 Pee Wee OHMA Championship team and coached the Midget Majors to the 2009-2010 OMHA championship was also on hand.

Holden said when he was asked to be the head coach of the Midget travel team he said he wanted to bring the excitement back to Midget hockey.

“These kids weren’t the most talented group on the ice,” said Holden of the 2009/2010 squad. “This is not a knock on them, but the reason why they were able to go out as champions was because they developed a love for one another.”

Holden also said that hockey may be just a game but the love and friendships they made during their time in minor hockey will never be forgotten.

“Every time I see these guys we always end our conversation with a hand shake and a big hug,” said Holden.

Matt Fox, the current head coach of the Midget Major program, thanked his staff, parents and players for an “unbelievable season.”

“At the start of the season there was a lot of doubt surrounding this team. But the boys stepped up and proved a lot of people wrong and accomplished feats no one thought they could do.”

As part of the festivities the 2010-2011 Midget squad played a friendly alumni game against the Amherstburg North Stars, which was made up of players from past championship team.

The North Star led 3-1 heading into the last period, however the North Stars couldn’t hold the lead as the Midgets took over in the third period to win 4-3.

“We had a blast. We actually played with them, but we should have stopped after two periods when we were up 3-1,” joked Mark Beaudoin, who played on the 1986-87 Juvenile championship team.

Former Midget captain Corey Beaulieu, who plays Junior C hockey for the Essex 73’s said it was nice too relive some of the memories from last year.

“Coming back and seeing all the boys is sick,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun being back with everyone and cracking jokes and living back in the day when we are winning and having a good time. Everyone still has that love for each other.”

“It’s the perfect way to end such an amazing season,” said Fox. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids.”

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