Midget Majors send seven players and coaching staff to all-star game


By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Midget Major Stars will be well represented at this year’s Bluewater Midget A Showcase Game.

Eric Shaw, Michael Popel, Colin Leardi, Matt Rosati, Zak Parelette, Mitch Topliffe and Chris Wallace were all named to the East squad.

They will have some familiar faces behind the bench as Stars head coach Matt Fox along with his assistant coaches Ted Jacob and TJ Whinnie and trainer Mark Pilluti have also been selected to coach the East team.

The seven Stars have helped Amherstburg to a 22-2-1 record and have outscored their opponents 118-38.   The seven Amherstburg players are the most selected from one team.

“It’s a great honour to be picked,” said Shaw. “It’ll be a lot of fun to represent our team and play with the great players across the league.”

“To be selected is amazing,” said Parelette. “It gives me and the other guys from Amherstburg a great opportunity to go out and show everyone what Amherstburg hockey is all about.”

“It’s pretty special to be playing in this game with some great players,” said Rosati. “It’s even more special that six of my teammates are playing with me.”

“It’ll be good experience playing with other talented guys around the league,” said Popel. “It’s amazing to have six other guys to represent out organization.”

“It’s an honour to be selected to this team and to represent Amherstburg in this game,” said Topliffe.

“It says a lot about our team if seven guys are selected,” said Leardi. “It’s going to be extra exciting because our coaches will behind the bench.”

The coaching staff is also excited to take part in the showcase.

“It’s going to be interesting,” said Jacob. “It’s going to be a good experience and let’s you live in the limelight for a little bit and pretend like you’re a big shot for a day.”

“This is a great honour,” said McWhinnie. ‘It’s pretty awesome that we have the most players out of any center representing Amherstburg. Looking forward to having a good time and playing a game that’s not so serious.”

“It’s very impressive,” said Pilluti. “Everyone started the year off very well. It’s a great showing for our club and organization.”

Coach Fox thanks the players for giving his coaching staff the opportunity to coach in the showcase game.

“All the credit goes to our players,” said Fox. “This is a great honour but if it wasn’t for all their hard work and dedication none of us would be standing here.”

The River Town Times was unable to contact Wallace for his reaction to his all-star selection at the time of press.

The Bluewater Midget A Showcase game will be held in Essex on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

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