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Now Accepting Bids to Operate U15 Major Franchise in Bedford Region

Hockey Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Nova Scotia U15 Major Hockey League, is now accepting bids to operate the U15 Major franchise in the Bedford region.

Because of this, the spring ID camp for those wishing to tryout will occur later than the other teams.

Please continue to follow up this site as we will be posting developments as they occur.

May 13, 2022

Nova Scotia U15 Major League Awards

Nova Scotia U15 Major League Awards

Top Goaltender - Nolan McLauchlan - Rangers

Top Forward - Jacob Rhyno - Dartmouth Whalers

Top Defenceman - Owen Conrad - Wear Well Bombers

1st ALL STAR TEAM:

Goaltender - Cohen Stoddard - Western Hurricanes

Defence - Owen Conrad - Wear Well Bombers

Defence - Brady Peddle - Novas

Forward - Luke Foley - Valley Wildcats

Forward - Jacob Rhyno - Dartmouth Whalers

Forward - Luke Sinclair - Joneljim Cougars

ROOKIE ALL STAR TEAM:

Goaltender - Will Cole - Harbour Storm

Defence - Gavin Sudds - Joneljim Cougars

Defence - Josh Henry - Rangers

Forward - Aaron Chipp - Gulls

Forward - Aiden O'Donnell - Harbour Storm

Forward - Owen O'Donnell - Harbour Storm

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Apr 22, 2022

Join Gail's Fight

On January 31, 2022 Gail Stewart, 46, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), an uncommon type of cancer that requires a stem cell infusion, which injects healthy stem cells from a donor. Gail, along with her loving family, her husband Dave and children, Zac (18), Leyton (16), Rhyah (15), and Meryk (11), are urgently seeking a hero -- a matching stem cell donor to help save Gail's life.

WE NEED DONORS - ANYONE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 17 and 35 CAN BE A MATCH!

• Registering to see if you are a match is EASY. Fill out a form, swab your cheeks and send the kit back free of charge.

• Only 1 in 700 people that join the registry ever go on to donate.

• If a match, donating is EASY and similar to a blood donation.

REGISTER TODAY at blood.ca/JoinGailsFight

A cheek swab kit will be mailed to you. You must be between 17-35 years of age to register. Not everyone who registers will be matched to a patient and asked to donate, but each registrant provides hope for those waiting.

 

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Mar 23, 2022

Dartmouth Whalers U15 Major Wish Game

 

The Dartmouth Whalers hosted the Valley Wildcats on Saturday, March 5th for our 2022 Make A Wish Game. We had an amazing turnout from the community and a few hockey teams from different associations came to support as well.

 

Our Wish Child was 5 year old Connor who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 3 years old.  He is still deciding on his wish but was very excited to join our team. His Tim Bit coach is our very own Head Coach, Tony Breau. Connor was joined by mom, Karen and sister, Kasey.

 

We made $5390.75 and Chris was informed, after the game, that the refs had donated $40 from their fees so our new total is $5430.75! We had donations from the Whalers Minor Hockey Association, a Whalers U9 team and a generous anonymous donation. What an amazing team we had to get this done so fast and seamless.

 

A massive thank you to the Valley Wildcats, our Whalers parents, and our hockey community.

 

Submitted by:

Heather Baltzer

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 11, 2022

More Than Just a Game - Meet “Smitty”

In a year of confusion and disappointment that the game is not being played, there is always a bright side that seems to go unnoticed. During these times of diversity and inclusion, this is a fabulous story that needs to be shared, not only with our league however with the public at large.

Stories like this is why we volunteer for this game and makes us proud to be part of this league!!

Regards, Todd Watson

If you play hockey in Dartmouth, chances are you have come across Paul “Smitty” Smith. He has been a fixture in Dartmouth arenas since 1995 when he helped his Dartmouth Spartans High School team as a student. In fact, while helping the Spartans, he had two current Whaler dads as players, Terry Tremblay and Dan Rhyno. Smitty himself dressed for a Spartans game and played 4 or 5 shifts. The game was a sell out and he proudly shares he got a tripping penalty.

Head Coach of the Whalers U15 Major team, Tony Breau, met Smitty in 1997 when he would watch Tony’s Bantam AAA games. When Tony moved on to Major Midget, he went along as well. He was a fan favorite and as much a part of the team as anyone.

From 1998 to the early 2000’s, he was with the Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association, but it was in 2004 that he joined his friend Tony and they coached the Atom AAA team. The two coached current Whalers U15 Major Assistant Coach Evan MacEachern for two years in PWAAA. A coaching highlight was when that team won the PW International B Division in front of 14,000 people in Quebec. He and Tony fondly shared that Matthew Highmore scored in a shootout in the semifinals to help them move on to the finals. The two friends have remained together, coaching the U15 Major Whalers from 2017-present. They took their coaching courses at the same time and Smitty is fully certified.

Away from the rink, Coach Smitty competed in the Special Olympics in the early 1990’s and was a gold medalist in swimming. He has also worked for Walmart for 21 years. He has coached 400-500 players and knows everyone. Over the years, he has won the Ross Drake Award (SEDMHA) and volunteered for many years with the SEDMHA tournament.

His favorite part of coaching is the kids and road trips. He is always happy and positive. Chris Guildford, GM of the Whalers U15 Major team, shared that, “Having Smitty on our team is about much more than hockey”. Tony added, “Most kids coming into the program are looking forward to being around Smit Dog. The reason we have had success as coaches is that he is the good cop to my bad cop. Although he does love when I skate the players.”

Many of Smitty’s former players still stay in contact and he is quite popular at the Monnctonian. For the past 20 years, he has been the head coach for three beer league teams/year. His reach in the hockey community goes far.

When asked what advice he gives to his players, he responded, “Play hard. Play well. Do what you can do.” Tony summed things up in a sentence, “He treats everybody the way we should treat everybody.”

The players, coaches, staff, and parents agree that the Whalers U15 Major are incredibly fortunate to have Coach Smitty on the roster.

 

By: Heather Baltzer

(Photo courtesy of Terrel Beals)

Jan 28, 2022
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