You may remember this article from a month ago: Bonnyville Hockey Players Alberta Cup Bound. The Alberta Cup has now passed, and both A.J. Macaulay and Seth Hebert feel very positive about the experience.
Team North-East represents
Both players played for Team North-East. The team won three out of five games they played in the tournament. The team finished in fifth place after winning the consolation final.
Team North-East opened the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Edmonton Yellow. Their next game was a 10-1 win over Central. That placed them in a quarter final scenario. In their second game on Friday, Team North-East was shutout 1-0.
Once in the consolation side of the tournament, there was no stopping the boys from the North-East zone. They routed Edmonton Blue 7-1, and took fifth place with a 6-1 victory over Central.
Improving their game
“Making sure we help in player development is number one for the coaches.” Neil Langridge, who was an assistant coach with Team North-East, says.
Back to A.J. and Seth, who according to Langridge, were right at home in the tournament. A.J. was a solid defender for the team, while also chipping in five assists. That tied him for the most assists in the tournament. Seth also contributed a handful of points, putting up a goal and three assists.
“I think I did very well, and improved my game quite a bit too. I got faster playing with kids of that talent level.” Hebert explains.
“It was a great experience, event though we didn’t finish for a medal position. I learnt lots and had lots of fun.” Macaulay says.
What comes next is uncertain
Both players will now enjoy the summer ahead. One day both players will keep in mind is May 4, which is the day the WHL Bantam draft will be held.