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Training Camp Stage II Roster

Nova Hockey Training CampThe following list of players are asked to report for Stage II of our Training Camp on Tuesday August 24th at 6:30PM at The Charles V. Keating Millennium Center: Last Name First Name Last Team (2020-2021) Position Shot Barrett Campbell Nolan The Novas Forward Right Bell Owen Kyler Antigonish U15 AA Bulldogs Forward Left Bowie Aiden Aubrey Antigonish U13 AAA Bulldogs Forward Right Broussard Alexander Francis Antigonish U13 AAA Bulldogs Forward Left Cameron Jaden Cape Breton West U15 AA Defense Right Chisholm Callum Marcel The Novas Forward Right Chisholm Owen Gerald The Novas Defense Left Connors Jonathan Brett Antigonish U13 AAA Bulldogs Defense Right Gillis Joshua Gordon The Novas Forward Left Hayne Jack Xavier The Novas Forward Left Heukshorst Lance Lewis Cape Breton West U13 AAA Forward Left MacDonald Aiden Michael Cape Breton West U13 AAA Forward Right MacDonald Ben Jeffery Cape Breton West U15 AA Forward Left MacDonald Oliver Strait Richmond U15 AA Pirates Goalie Left MacEachern Carson Levi Cape Breton West U13 AAA Forward Left MacEachern Thomas Gerard Antigonish U13 AAA Bulldogs Defense Left MacGillivary Seth Antigonish U13 AAA Bulldogs Forward Right MacLean Angus Hughie Cape Breton West U13 AAA Defense Left MacLean Neil Duncan Cape Breton West U15 AA Goalie Left MacNeil Cooper Cape Breton West U13 AAA Defense Left MacNeil Nolan Cape Breton West U15 AA Defense Left MacNeil Tyson Strait Richmond U15 AA Pirates Forward Left Martell Lance William Strait Richmond U15 AA Pirates Defense Left Peddle Brady The Novas Defense Left Poirier Jake Alexander Cape Breton West U13 AAA Goalie Right Rovers Andre Antigonish U15 AA Bulldogs Defense Right Samson Carlin Keith The Novas Forward Left Stewart Trent Matthew The Novas Forward Left Trenholm Sam  Brian Cape Breton West U13 AAA Defense Right Webb Landon William The Novas Forward Left For those players not on the list; The Novas sincerely thank you for your participation and efforts in Stage I of this year's Training Camp and wish you all the best in your hockey future. Your official NSU15MHL Player Release will be issued shortly, allowing you to try out for any other team in the NSU15MHL if you choose to do so.
Aug 23, 2021

2021 Nova Hockey Training Camp & Checking Clinic

Please note, due to the number of registrants already we will be closing registrations on Friday August 13th for planning purposes! 2021 Nova Hockey Training Camp & Checking Clinic The Nova U15 Major Hockey Team will be holding their Training Camp starting August 17, 2021. This Training Camp is open to all U15-aged players for the 2021-2022 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association, or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. For full details on all training camp sessions, view the full team Nova Team Calendar. All 1st Year U15 Players in the 2021-2022 season are required to attend a Hockey Nova Scotia approved checking clinic prior to participating in any U15 Major Training Camp. If you are a 1st Year U15 player or have not participated in a Hockey Nova Scotia approved checking clinic in the past and are intent on attending The Nova U15 Major Hockey Training Camp, you are required to attend a checking clinic. Goaltenders are not required to attend a checking clinic. Checking Clinic ($75) Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 Location: Charles V. Keating Millennium Center Time: 10:00AM - 10:45AM - Video and Classroom Session - Saputo Room 104   11:00AM - 12:00PM - Off Ice Clinic - Main Arena (Players wear full gear & sneakers are required footwear)   2:00PM - 4:00PM - On Ice Clinic - Auxiliary Arena                   2021 Nova Major Hockey Checking Clinic Registration FormChecking Clinic Registration must be completed, and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (August 13, 2021). Due to COVID-19 Regulations Registration fees should be submitted electronically with an e-transfer to president@novahockey.ca. Please ensure that all e-transfers are submitted prior to the beginning date of the Checking Clinic. Training Camp Stage I ($175.00) Dates: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 - Sunday, August 22, 2021 Location: Charles V. Keating Millennium Center   At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced to a maximum of 30 players. Stage II ($175.00) Date: Monday, August 23, 2021 - Monday, August 30, 2021 Location: Charles V. Keating Millennium Center   At the end of Stage II the roster will be reduced to a maximum of 25 players.               2021 Nova Major Hockey Training Camp Registration FormTraining Camp Registration must be completed, and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (August 16, 2021). Due to COVID-19 Regulations Registration fees should be submitted electronically with an e-transfer to president@novahockey.ca. Please ensure that all e-transfers are submitted prior to the beginning date of the Training Camp. For information, please contact:Jamie Mattie         (289) 259-9936 coach@novahockey.caShane MacIsaac    (902) 867-7297 president@novahockey.ca PLEASE BE AWARERegulations of the Nova Scotia U15 Major Hockey League require all registration forms must be received by the Nova U15 Major Hockey Team and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2021 Nova Hockey Training Camp. A player will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Checking Clinic or Training Camp until registration is received and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia.Additionally, Players must try out for the team within the Region in which the player resides. Failure to participate in the Training Camp of the team within the player's residential region results in the player being ineligible to participate in U15 Major Hockey in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Apr 5, 2021

Hayes Selected 1st Overall in 2021 MHL Entry Draft

Congratulations to former Nova Ryan Hayes who has been selected 1st Overall by The Miramichi Timberwolves in the 2021 MHL Entry Draft!
Jul 10, 2021

Ten Former Novas Selected In 2021 MHL Entry Draft

Congratulations to the ten former Novas that were selected in the 2021 MHL Entry Draft that was held this weekend!
Jul 10, 2021

Record Number of Novas Selected In 2021 QMJHL Draft

A record number of Novas have been selected by teams in this year's QMJHL Entry Draft. All were members of the 2019-2020 NSMBHL League Championship team. Round Selection Name Team 1 2 Peddle, Tyler Drummondville Voltigeurs 5 76 Grant, Tully Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 8 144 Stewart, Leyton Quebec Remparts 8 146 Hayes, Ryan Acadie-Bathurst Titan 9 153 Milner, Jack Halifax Mooseheads 9 165 Walker, Kevin Charlottetown Islanders 10 177 MacKinnon, Ray Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Jun 26, 2021

Peddle Selected 2nd in 2021 QMJHL Entry Draft

Congratulations to former Nova Captain Tyler Peddle who has been selected second over all by The Drummondville Voltigeurs in the 2021 QMJHL Entry Draft. Tyler is still undecided if he will play Major Junior Hockey or NCAA Hockey but The Novas will be following him wherever he decides to play!
Jun 26, 2021

Boyle Joins Nova Coaching Staff

Nova U-15 Major Hockey Team President Shane MacIsaac announced today that Andrew Boyle is joining the team’s coaching staff for the 2021-2022 hockey season. The 22-year-old native of Afton, Nova Scotia, played his minor hockey in Antigonish before playing the 2013-2014 season with the Novas, two seasons with The Cape Breton West Islanders, and then the past five seasons with The Antigonish Junior ‘B’ Bulldogs; serving as the team’s Captain from 2019-2021. Andrew is currently entering his first year in the Education Program at Saint Francis Xavier University after graduating with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Kinetics this past spring. Andrew has become a very recognizable volunteer in the Antigonish Community as a member of the local Challenger Baseball Program for the last four years and a member of The Saint Francis Xavier University MAX Program. In both programs, he assists individuals with disabilities in baseball, skating, para-sledge hockey, swimming, and other activities. He was recently named The Hockey Canada Champion for November 2020 by Hockey Canada for his community involvement. “We are very excited to add Andrew to our program,” Nova head coach Jamie Mattie said in a statement. “He has been very successful throughout his playing career and brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to our staff. Our young hockey players will be in great hands, and we feel that Andrew can help our players to continue to develop both on and off the ice.”
Jun 15, 2021

Novas Announce 2020-2021 Award Winners

This was certainly a hockey season for the ages…however, we can all be glad that The Nova’s were able to complete their entire shortened season when most of the country was not permitted to be on the ice. The Novas would like to thank all the players and coaches for their dedication to the team and to the game over the past season; it was the most trying in the history of Nova hockey. This team might have been on the ice more than any team in the nation this past season but their work ethic and drive to improve did not wilt as a team or as individuals. It reflects the character of the team, the players, and the coaches...and the dedicated parents who got them to this point in their hockey careers. The Novas would like to wish all our graduating players success in their future endeavors whether on or off the ice and hopefully someday when they are reminiscing, their hockey experiences this year will overshadow all the other challenges we faced this season. Due to the increased ferocity of the COVID-19 variants this past spring and the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s regulations imposed to prevent the spread of the pandemic throughout the Province, we were unable to celebrate an awards night for our players for the second season in a row. The following 2020-2021 Major Award winners were recently announced during a scheduled social media event.   
Jun 15, 2021

Nova's Mourn The Death of a Former Player

The Nova's are mourning the sudden passing of one of our former players, Mark Kennedy. Mark played for the Nova's from 2011-2013 and was a formidable presence on the Nova's blue line for those two years. After graduating from The Nova's, Mark went to successfully play for The Cape Breton West Islanders, obtain a tryout with The Saint John Sea Dogs, and win a Kent Cup in 2016 with The Week's Junior A Crushers; all the while garnering a number of individual awards. The Nova's are keeping The Kennedy Family in their thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.     A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family monetarily through this difficult period https://gofund.me/263fc3d1
Jun 7, 2021

Fox Named MHL Player of The Year

Former Nova and member of the 2014-2015 Atlantic Champions, Stephen Fox has been named the 2020-2021 Maritime Junior Hockey League Player of The Year. Stephen finished of his junior career with The Amherst Ramblers while finishing second in The MHL in league scoring with 28 goals and 31 assists in 34 games played. For more on the story about Stephen, follow the link below to The MHL: https://www.themhl.ca/mhl-names-stephen-fox-as-2020-21-player-of-the-year
May 5, 2021

Colten Ellis Signs with St. Louis Blues

Former Nova (2013-2015) and current goaltender with The Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL, Colten Ellis recently signed his NHL Entry-Level contract with The St. Louis Blues. Colten was drafted by The Blues in the 3rd Round, 93rd overall, in the 2019 Entry Draft. Read more of the store here on The St. Louis Blues website - Blues Sign Ellis to 3-Year Entry Level Contract
Mar 2, 2021

Former Nova Receives National Award

Former Nova (2013-2014) and current captain of the Antigonish AA Munro Bulldogs Junior B hockey team, Andrew Boyle, was named Hockey Canada Champion for November. As a Hockey Canada Champion, Andrew receives a Hockey Canada jersey, Scotiabank prize pack and is featured in a video that outlined his involvement in the game and community. (Hockey Canada Video) Andrew, a fourth-year student at St. F.X., has been involved with the local Challenger Baseball program for the past four years and is also a member of the St. F.X. MAX program. In both programs, he assists individuals with disabilities in baseball, skating, para-sledge hockey, swimming, and other activities.
Dec 4, 2020

Updated 2020-2021 Training Camp Schedule

 The Nova Major Hockey Team have announced the dates for their upcoming 2020-2021 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2020-2021 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. The full schedule for Stage I is listed below: Stage I Date Time Location   September 1 5:30PM-7:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Blue September 2 5:30PM-7:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Black September 3 5:30PM-7:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Blue September 4 5:30PM-7:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Black September 5 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Blue September 5 2:00PM-4:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Black September 8 5:00PM-6:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Blue September 10 5:00PM-6:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Black September 12 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Blue September 12 2:00PM-4:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Black September 13 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Black September 13 2:00PM-4:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre Team Blue September 14 Roster Reduced To 30 Players Stage II Date Time Location September 15 7:00PM-8:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 17 7:00PM-8:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 19 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 20 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 22 7:00PM-8:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 24 7:00PM-8:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 25 Roster Reduced To 24 Players September 26 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 27 10:00AM-12:00PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 29 7:00PM-8:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre September 30 Last Day to Release Players (Roster of 19) October 1 7:00PM-8:30PM Charles V. Keating Centre October 2 Final Roster Selection
Sep 1, 2020

2020-2021 Nova Major Hockey Communication Registration

The Novas are in the process of planning for the upcoming 2020-2021 Hockey Season in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Nova Scotia U15 Major Hockey League, Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey Canada, The Government of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. We are moving forward with the scheduling of dates for tryouts, games and tournaments but everything is very tentative due to the current pandemic. We ask all U-15 age hockey players for the 2020-2021 hockey season that are interested in trying out for The Novas to complete the registration form (Link Below) to receive direct communication from The Novas as our plans and schedule for the upcoming season develop. 2020-2021 Communication Registration Form
Aug 4, 2020

Novas' Captain Tyler Peddle Commits to Shattuck-St. Mary's

T The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team is proud to announce that forward Tyler Peddle has committed to Shattuck-St. Mary's School for the 2020-2021 Hockey Season. The Nova's Captain had two memorable years in The Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League setting league records of goals in a single season (57) and goals in a career (84) but is now setting his sights on the future and has chosen to continue his development at Shattuck-St. Mary's. Shattuck-St. Mary's, in Faribault, Minnesota, is well-known for its Hockey Center of Excellence and since the late 1990s, the program has had a considerable amount of domestic and international success and has gained a reputation as being "to hockey what Harvard is to law." Shattuck-St. Mary's has been the development path chosen by notable alumni such as Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon & Jonathan Toews. The Novas wish Tyler good luck and great success in his future!
Apr 10, 2020

2019-2020 Cavendish Farms NSMBHL Provincial Championships

All 18 games of the Cavendish Farms Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League Provincial Championship will be brought to you live by Petter Pictou Sports and 3Sixty Live. Don't miss out on any action by following this link: For any and all information regarding the 2019-2020 Cavendish Farms NSMBHL Provincial Championship Tournament, make sure to visit our Facebook Page!
Feb 12, 2020

Cavendish Farms to be Tournament Sponsor

The Novas are happy to announce that Cavendish Farms will be the main sponosr of this year's Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League Provincial Championship Tournament! The tournament is being held on March 12th-15th at The Charles V. Keating Millennium Center on the campus of Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. Be sure to follow the tournament Facebook page to receive all tournament updates and announcements!
Feb 1, 2020

50 Goals In 25 Games!

The Novas celebrated as a team yesterday after a 6-1 win over the JonelJim Cougars in Sydney. The celebration was for their Captain Tyler Peddle, with two goals in the game, he upped his season total to 50 goals in 25 games. The first Nova to ever top 50 goals in a single season!
Jan 27, 2020

Wear It For Wishes

The Nova Bantams hosted their annual Wear it for Wishes fundraiser Saturday evening at the Antigonish Arena, when they faced off against the ACCEL Hawks. The Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League (NSMBHL) initiative, one in which all teams participate, is an annual event in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Matthew LeBlanc of Port Hawkesbury, a wish recipient, served as honorary captain for the Nova Bantams and dropped the ceremonial puck. He and his twin brother, Ben, also got the chance to visit with the team's players in their locker room. From the home game, the Novas will donate 50/50 and ticket sale proceeds, along with monies from other team fundraisers. The NSMBHL goal is to make a $100,000 donation to the foundation – the total raised by teams over the past four seasons – during the league’s annual provincial tournament, which the Novas will host in early 2020. On the ice, Tyler Peddle scored twice, including the OT winner, while Jack Milner notched the win between the pipes, to pace the Nova Bantams - who donned their Children's Wish Foundation jerseys, to a 4-3 victory over the Hawks. (Contributed)  
Dec 14, 2019

Sleep Theraputics - Player of the Week

Rory is a second year Nova that is being counted on very heavily this year for leadership. He is very strong on both sides of the puck; his speed makes him one of the toughest penalty killers in the League and his shot makes him a lethal scorer as well. Both were on display Saturday as Rory tallied a goal and four helpers in the Novas' win over The Cougars.
Dec 10, 2019

Helping To Grow The Game of Hockey

The Novas recently spent some time introducing the game of hockey to children participating in Antigonish Multisport. Antigonish Multisport is a collaborative project, for children in grades primary and one, between 10 community sport organizations and two municipal recreation departments, with the support of numerous community sport stakeholders (locally, provincially and nationally). Their vision is to grow children through sport by providing opportunities to develop skills and confidence to enjoy the positive benefits of a quality, first experience. The Novas, as local role models in the game of hockey, have volunteered their time over the last four years to show their love of the game and to help Antigonish Multisport introduce the game of hockey.
Nov 7, 2019

NSMBHL Player of The Week

Tyler Peddle, the recently appointed Captain of the Novas, is this week's NSMBHL Player of The Week. Tyler carried the load for The Novas this past weekend by scoring a total of six goals and three assists. The second year forward, scored five goals and two assists for a total of seven points in Sunday’s win over the Whalers. The Nova’s will be counting on Tyler this season, as one of their veteran leaders, on and off the ice.
Oct 1, 2019

Colten Ellis Drafted By Stanley Cup Champions

Colten Ellis is the first Nova to be drafted into the National Hockey League in the history of our team! Colten was selected today in the 3rd Round, 93rd Overall by the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues!
Jun 22, 2019

2019 Checking Clinic & Spring Identification Camp

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding their Spring Identification Camp in May 2019. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2019-2020 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and our Training Camp in August. All 1st Year Bantam Players in the 2019-2020 season are required to attend a Hockey Nova Scotia approved checking clinic prior to participating in any Major Bantam Spring Identification Camp. If you are a 1st Year Bantam player or have not participated in a Hockey Nova Scotia approved checking clinic in the past and are intent on attending the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Spring Identification Camp, you are required to attend a checking clinic. The Novas checking clinic is scheduled for May 10th at the St. Andrew Junior School in Antigonish and May 13th at the Antigonish Arena. This clinic is not required for goaltenders. Checking Clinic ($50) Day 1 Date: Friday, May 10, 2019      Location: St. Andrew Junior School, Antigonish           5:30 - 6:00 - Registration           6:00 - 6:45 - Video and Classroom Session           7:00 - 8:00 - Off Ice Clinic (Players In Full Gear)                               Sneakers required for footwear. Day 2 Date: Monday, May 13, 2019      Location: Antigonish Arena           5:00 - 7:00 – On Ice Clinic (Players In Full Gear) Checking Clinic Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (May 10, 2019).  Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 10, 2019. Registration fees may also be submitted electronically with e-transfers sent to president@novahockey.ca. Please ensure that all e-transfers are submitted prior to the beginning date of the Checking Clinic.      Spring ID Camp ($80) Day 1 Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019      Location: Antigonish Arena           4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Registration           5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Goalie Evaluations           6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Defenseman Evaluations           7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Forward Evaluations Day 2 Date: Monday, May 20, 2019      Location: Antigonish Arena           6:00pm - 8:00pm  – Inter-Squad Game #1 Day 3 Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019      Location: Antigonish Arena           6:00pm - 8:00pm  – Inter-Squad Game #2 Spring Identification Camp Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (May 15, 2019). Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 15, 2019. Registration fees may also be submitted electronically with e-transfers sent to president@novahockey.ca. Please ensure that all e-transfers are submitted prior to the beginning date of the Spring ID Camp. For information, please contact: Mike Stewart        (902) 870-2156 coach@novahockey.ca Shane MacIsaac    (902) 867-7297 president@novahockey.ca PLEASE BE AWARE Regulations of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League require all registration forms must be received by the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2019 Spring Identification Camp. A player will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Checking Clinic or Spring Identification Camp until registration is received and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia. Additionally, Players must try out for the team within the Region in which the player resides. Failure to participate in the Identification Camp of the team within the player's residential region results in the player being ineligible to participate in Major Bantam Hockey in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Apr 17, 2019

2018-2019 NSMBHL Rookie All-Stars

The Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League have announced their All-Star Teams for the 2018-2019 season. The award presentation took place during the NSMBHL Provincial Championship tournament being hosted by The Wearwell Bombers this weekend in Pictou County. First year Nova forward Tyler Peddle and defenseman Leighton Stewart were recognized for their performances over the course of the season and were named to the NSMBHL Rookie All-Star Team.
Mar 14, 2019

EnviroBate Environmental Remediation Services Player of the Week

Sara is in her second year with The Novas, this diminutive left winger has a reputation for her tenacity and speed along with her “never back down” attitude. On Saturday, she capped off her stellar two year Major Bantam career with The Nova’s lone goal against The Gulls and then lead the team defensively in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win against The Cougars. Sara’s reputation is growing quickly in female hockey circles and she is using her time with The Novas as a stepping stone to a future in elite level hockey!
Feb 20, 2019

Kennedy Becomes Newest Member of The Novas

John Michael Kennedy, of Port Hawkesbury, is the newest member of the Nova Family. In a presentation during which he received his Nova jersey, John Michael became an honorary member of the 2018-2019 Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team. John Michael, is this season's Children's Wish Foundation representative that will participate in the Wear It For Wishes hockey game that The Novas are playing on February 9th against the All Credit Auto Rangers at the Antigonish Arena. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Children's Wish Foundation on behalf of The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team. The Novas encourage everyone to come out to their game on February 9th and support their fundraiser for the Children's Wish Foundation. In an effort to exceed last year's fundraising total, The Novas are hosting an on-line auction on their Facebook site. Items in the auction have been kindly donated to The Novas in support of this great cause. If you'd like to support The Novas in their fundraising effort, you can bid on the auction items here: Children's Wish Foundation On-Line Auction
Jan 29, 2019

EnviroBate Environmental Remediation Services Player of the Week

The Nova Scotia Major Bantam Player of The Week is Nova second year defenseman Liam Trenholm. Liam currently leads all Nova defensemen in scoring with 5 goals and 10 assists in 25 games after adding 3 assists this past weekend to his totals. Liam has come a long way since suffering a season ending broken leg in September of 2017 that kept him off the ice for most of last year after cracking The Nova line-up as a rookie defenseman. After a long year of rehabilitation and watching from the stands; Liam’s determination to return to The Nova line-up was unquenchable. Liam has become one of The Novas team leaders both on and off the ice and appears to have a very strong future in hockey.
Jan 23, 2019

EnviroBate Environmental Remediation Services Player of the Week

Jack Milner is a first year Major Bantam player that tends the nets for The Nova’s. Jack is the epitome of calmness and composure; nothing seems to bother him when he is in game mode. Jack turned aside all 23 shots he faced from The Barons in Saturday nights’ 3-0 win, recording his third and League leading shutout of the season. The shutout also ties Jack with former Nova and current Rimouski Oceanic goaltender, Colten Ellis for the single season franchise record of three shutouts in one season. Jack is one of the major factors in the recent success of The Novas as he provides his team with every opportunity for success.
Jan 9, 2019

2018 NSMBHL Showcase

Second year Novas Liam Trenholm, Jacob Cook and Ryan Digout have been selected to participate in the 2018 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey Leage Showcase. The NSMBHL Showcase Game is hosted this year in East Hants at The Keith Miller Arena by the All Credit Auto Rangers on December 29th with a game time of 4:00PM. This annual event showcases the top second year players across the NSMBHL. Notable Novas that have participated in the NSMBHL Showcase in the past include: 1) Colten Ellis (G) - Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) 2) Jacob Hudson (F) - Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) 3) Logan Timmons (F) - Yarmouth Mariners (MHL) 4) Ryan MacLellan (D) - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) 5) Jacob Stewart (F) - Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) 6) Logan Chisholm (F) - L'Acadie Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) 7) Sean Stewart (D) - Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Dec 19, 2018

2018-2019 Nova Training Camp

  The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their upcoming 2018-2019 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2018-2019 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the Team Schedule on this website. Stage I - $175.00 August 15 - August 20 (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced to 22 Players.) Stage II - $175.00 August 21 - August 27 (At the end of Stage II the roster will be reduced to 20 players.) Training Camp Registration Form Please complete the above registration form prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please provide (i) a cheque dated August 15th for $175.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 21th for $175.00 payable to Nova Major Bantam Hockey.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed. The Registration Form must be completed prior to 3:00PM on Tuesday August 15, 2018. Please confirm participation and provide registration fees at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Centre from 4:00-4:45PM. Registration fees may also be submitted electronically with e-transfers sent to president@novahockey.ca. Please ensure that all e-transfers are submitted prior to the beginning date of each stage of our training camp.
Aug 4, 2018

Mattie Joins Nova Coaching Staff

Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team President Shane MacIsaac announced today that Jamie Mattie is joining the team’s coaching staff for the 2018-2019 season. The 37-year-old native of Bayfield, Nova Scotia, played his minor hockey in Antigonish and then went on to play two seasons with The Antigonish Junior ‘A’ Bulldogs, serving as the team’s Captain in 1999-2000. Mattie completed his junior career with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, where he received The Defenseman of The Year Award in 2000-2001 and where he still holds the USHL Single Season Record for Assists by a Defenseman. Mattie went on to play professionally for five years for The Graz EC in Austria in The Austrian Elite League. “In Jamie Mattie, we get an individual who knows the game of hockey. His wealth of experience in both the North American and European styles makes him an invaluable resource. I’ve known Jamie and his family since he first joined the Bulldogs in 1998; they are great hockey people in our community and are dedicated supporters of all levels of hockey. When we became aware that Jamie may be interested in joining The Novas, there was no discussion or debate; Coach Stewart and I jumped at the chance to talk to him.”
May 24, 2018

Nova Awards Night

The Novas recently celebrated their past season in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League with their annual awards banquet. This year’s major award winners were: Top Defensive Player- Kier Jordan Rookie of The Year-Jacob Cook Most Improved Player-Brandon Connors Playoff MVP- Kenzie MacPhail Most Valuable Player-Dylan Chisholm Top Scorer (s)-Trey Sturge, Luke Gould Unsung Hero Award -Charlie Leblanc  
May 1, 2018

EnviroBate Environmental Remediation Services Player of the Week

The Novas' Liam Berthiaume has been awarded the NSMBHL Player of The Week. Liam is a first year bantam who cracked The Nova’s lineup late out of training camp. Although from Pictou County, Liam has strong family and hockey roots in Antigonish, where his father and uncle were standouts with the Junior A Bulldogs in the late 90’s. Liam has been consistently improving his game over the course of the season and has become one of the more aggressive and physical forwards in The Nova’s line-up. On Saturday, Liam scored the third and go ahead goal in the 2nd period against the Bedford Barons after being down 2-0 early in the first. When regulation and overtime did not result in a decision, Liam captured the win for The Nova’s when he scored in the 5th round and the final shot of the shootout.
Feb 1, 2018

MacPhail Named Top Goalie at 2018 East Coast Ice Jam

Kenzie MacPhail, in his second year with The Novas, was awarded the Best Major Bantam Goalie in the 2018 East Coast ice Jam this past weekend. In Round Robin play Kenzie recorded 2 wins, one shutout and a 0.98 Goals Against Average. Kenzie, along with Brandon Connors, backstopped The Novas to their longest winning streak of four games in the 2017-2018 season.
Jan 16, 2018

The Novas Wear It For Wishes

The Novas hosted their Wear It For Wishes game this past Saturday and during a dressing room ceremony Dan "The Hammer" Bond was inducted as an honorary member of this year's team. Nova Coach Mike Stewart presents Dan "The Hammer" with his custom made Nova jersey in his favorite colors and with his favorite player's number. The Novas will continue to raise money for The Children's Wish Foundation over the next few weeks. If you are interested in helping with a donation toward this great cause please contact us at information@novahockey.ca The Novas want to thank Mike Hassin and his staff at The Wheel Pizza & Sub Shop for being The Wear It For Wishes game sponsor and for his continued support of our major bantam program. For more information on Daniel Bond's story and his Wish, please see the attached information. Daniel's Wish Story
Jan 6, 2018

First Female To Play In Showcase

Since the inception of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League in 2010-2011, no female has participated or has been recognized to participate in the League's annual Showcase game of 2nd Year Bantam players. This season, Landyn Pitts (#27) has been selected to represent The Novas, along with her fellow team captains, Dylan Chisholm & Luke Gould, at this year's Showcase game. Below is the article that recently appeared on the NSMBHL website: "This year’s NSMBHL Showcase game will include Landyn Pitts from The Novas, the league’s first female hockey player to receive this recognition.  A hard working two way player, Landyn is a key contributor to even strength and specialty team play with The Novas.  She is a tremendous individual who leads by example and her positive energy is contagious amongst her teammates.  Her play and leadership have earned her a role as one of the team’s assistant captains. She is extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such dedicated teammates and coaches.  Landyn volunteers her time with Minor Hockey programs and is proud to join her teammates to support Kids Multisport and Learn to Play programs. The NSMBHL is proud to have Landyn Pitts represent the league in the Showcase game, and is equally proud to acknowledge her as the first female to achieve this recognition." 
Dec 31, 2017

2018 NSMBHL Showcase

All three captains of the 2017-2018 Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team have been selected to participate in the NSMBHL Showcase Game on December 29th in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The annual event is hosted by the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League to showcase the best 2nd Year Bantam Hockey players in the League. Captain Dylan Chisholm and Alternate Captains Landyn Pitts & Luke Gould were selcted to represent The Novas this year. All three players are in their second year with the team and are quiet proud to represent the team in this year's Showcase event. 
Dec 29, 2017

The Novas Remember

On Saturday, November 11th in Antigonish, the Novas were joined by Squardon 875 of The Air Cadet League of Canada, The Antigonish Lions who provided the Color Guard while local singer Grayson Hudson performed the National Anthem. On Sunday, in Port Hawkesbury, the Novas were joined by the 719 Stora Air Cadet Squadron, who provided the Color Guard while Lainey Cummings performed the National Anthem. 
Nov 12, 2017

Nova Scotia Major Bantam Player Of The Week

Sarah Stewart is this week's NSMBHL Player of The Week. Sarah is one of two females playing in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League. She is only 5’1” and 105lbs; the bigger players in the league brush her off and knock her down but she gets right back up and goes back at them. She is determined and never gives up. This weekend she played like a giant among men and proved that this is not just a man’s game. Sarah earned the Nova Hard Hat award after Saturday’s 4-1 win against The Cougars with her hard work and determination. Then on Sunday, she was a plus 3 and scored the game winning goal for The Novas’ in the 4-3 win over the Truro Bearcats.
Nov 8, 2017

Exhibition Roster - September 2, 2017

Please find below the lineup for the exhibition game on September 2, 2017 in Truro at the Rath Eastlink Community Center against The Truro Bearcats at 12:00PM: Goal Kenzie MacPhail Brandon Connors Defense Dylan Chisholm Leo MacLean Charles Leblanc Kier Jordan Liam Trenholm Whalen Matthews Forward Luke Gould Kenzie Cameron Landon MacIntosh Trey Sturge Lowell MacDonald Alexander MacDonald Jacob Cook Liam Berthiaume Cadyn Power Kaber MacNeil Brody McLaren  
Sep 1, 2017

Nova Training Camp - Stage II Results

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team would like to thank all players that participated in Stage II of our training camp this past week. Training camp will continue on Tuesday evening, August 29th at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center at 5:30PM. The following is a list of 21 players that are invited to continue to participate in our training camp. Forward (In alphabetical order) Cameron, Kenzie Cook, Jacob Digout, Ryan Gould, Luke MacDonald, Lowell MacIntosh, Landon McLaren, Brody Pitts, Landyn Power, Caydn Stewart, Sara Defense (In alphabetical order) Chisholm, Dylan Jordan, Kier Leblanc, Charles MacDonald, Alexander MacLean, Leo MacNeil, Kaber Stewart, Zac Trenholm, Liam Van de Sande, Cody Goal (In alphabetical order) MacPhail, Kenzie Connors, Brandon  For those of you not selected to move on, we wish you well in the upcoming season and look forward to seeing you at next year's training camp if you are eligible to participate. In accordance with NSMBHL policy, a player release will be generated and emailed within the next 24 hours to each participant release from our hockey team. Please ensure your training camp jersey is returned to a member of The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team.
Aug 27, 2017

2017-2018 Nova Training Camp - Register Now!

  The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their 2017-2018 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2017-2018 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the Team Schedule on this website. Stage I - $125.00 August 15 - August 21 (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced.) Stage II - $100.00 August 22 - August 28 (At the end of Stage II the roster will be reduced to maximum of 21 players.) Training Camp Registration Form Please complete the above registration form prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please provide (i) a cheque dated August 15th for $125.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 22th for $100.00 payable to Nova Major Bantam Hockey.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed. Forms must be completed prior to 5:00PM on Tuesday August 15, 2017. Please confirm participation and provide registration fees at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Centre between 6:00PM & 7:00PM.
Aug 6, 2017

2017 Spring Identification Camp

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding their Spring Identification Camp in May 2017. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2017-2018 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and Training Camp in August. All 1st Year Bantam Players in the 2017-2018 season are required to attend a checking clinic prior to participating in any Major Bantam Spring Identification Camp. If you are a 1st Year Bantam player or have not participated in a checking clinic in the past and are intent on attending the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Spring Identification Camp, you are required to attend a checking clinic. The Novas checking clinic is scheduled for May 4th at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center and May 8th at the Antigonish Arena. This clinic is not required for goaltenders. Checking Clinic ($40) Day 1 Date: May 4, 2017      Location: Port Hawkesbury Civic Center           6:00 to 6:45 - Video and Classroom Session           7:00 to 8:00 - Off Ice Clinic (Players In Full Gear on Main Ice Surface) Sneakers                                  required for footwear. Day 2 Date: May 8, 2017      Location: Antigonish Arena           5:00 to 7:00 – On Ice Clinic Checking Clinic Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (May 4, 2017). The registration form will be posted here shortly. Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 4, 2017.    Spring ID Camp ($75) Day 1 Date: May 9, 2017      Location: Antigonish Arena           5:00 pm -  Goalie Evaluations           6:00 pm -  Defenseman Evaluations           7:00 pm -  Forward Evaluations Day 2 Date: May 10, 2017      Location: Antigonish Arena           6:00pm - 8:00pm  – Inter-Squad Game #1 Day 3 Date: May 17, 2017      Location: Antigonish Arena           6:00pm - 8:00pm  – Inter-Squad Game #2 Spring ID Camp Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (May 9, 2017). The registration form will be posted here shortly. Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 9, 2017. For information, please contact: Mike Stewart        (902) 870-2156 coach@novahockey.ca Shane MacIsaac   (902) 867-7297 president@novahockey.ca PLEASE BE AWARE Regulations of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League require all registration forms must be received by the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2017 Spring Identification Camp. A player will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Checking Clinic or Spring ID Camp until registration is received and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia.
Apr 23, 2017

Novas Sweep Series

The Novas swept their best of 3 playoff series against the Cole Harbour Storm on Saturday night at The Antigonish Arena on the shoulders of Captain Matthew Ellis. Down one goal after the 1st period, Ellis tied the game at 1 on the power play only to have the Storm regain a 2-1 lead to end the second period. The Nova Captain then fired of 4 straight goals in 8 minutes to stake his team to a 5-2 lead. "It was a solid team effort," stated Coach Stewart. "It was the first time in a while that we played the entire 50 minutes of a game. Matthew certainly stepped up his game tonight along with everyone else in the lineup."
Mar 5, 2017

Nova Raise $2000 for Children's Wish Foundation

The Novas hosted a Children's Wish Foundation fundraiser hockey game on November 26, 2016 at the Antigonish Arena. $2,000 was raised by the team and their supporters as Cullan Chisholm & his family represented the Foundation. Cullan, who became an honourary team member this week, dropped the puck during the ceremonial faceoff. The Nova's defeated The Western Hurricanes in a tightly contested match. Scoring for the Novas were Ben MacLellan, Dan Gillis & Matthew Ellis. Ben Van Steinburg turned away all but two of the twenty-six shots he faced in the net. 
Nov 26, 2016

Novas Host Children's Wish Foundation Game

The Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League has made an unheralded commitment to sponsoring The Children's Wish Foundation during the entire 2016-2017 hockey season. Every team in the League is hosting a featured hockey game celebrating the work and dedication of The Foundation. On Saturday, November 26th The Novas will host The Western Hurricanes at the Antigonish Arena in celebration of The Children's Wish Foundation branch in Antigonish. All proceeds from the game and monies collected from sponsors and fans will be donated to the Foundation. Dr. Graces Braces has kindly committed to be the named sponsor of the event and has already made a significant contribution. Game time is 5:00PM. Electronic donations can be emailed to: donations@novahockey.ca
Nov 25, 2016

Novas Earn Four Points

The Novas earned four hard fought road points this weekend. Saturday evening they faced of against the Landkwork Gulls in St. Margarets Bay, which has historically been a tough place for The Novas to earn a point. Leading the way for The Novas was defenseman Brant Timmons who recorded four assists in the game. Goals were scored by rookie Lewis Taylor (2), Jack Hartery, Daniel Gillis and Luke Gould while netminder Ben Van Steinburg stopped 30 of the 33 shots that the Gulls threw against him. Sunday on the way home, The Novas stopped into the Wellness Center in Pictou County for a brief encounter with the Wearwell Bombers. The Novas recorded another 5 goals coming of the sticks of Lewis Taylor, Luke Gould, Ben MacLellan, Brant Timmons & Luke Hadley while they limited the Bombers to only 22 shots on goal. Goaltender Kenzie MacPhail kicked out all but two of the shots he faced from the Bombers. The Novas head to the 36th Annual Monctonian 'AAA' Challenge this weekend to compete with 23 other Major Bantam hockey teams in the well know annual tournment. For Nova fans unable to travel to Moncton to watch their favorite team, all games will be broadcast by Bell Aliant and can be accessed from the tournament website: www.monctonian.goalline.ca  
Nov 14, 2016

Novas Split Home & Home with Barons

The Nova Major Bantams were eager to show their mettle against the Bedford Barons this past weekend in a home & home series, as the Barons remained the only undefeated team in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League. On Saturday afternoon at The Antigonish Arena it appeared that only one team showed up with the intention of playing as The Novas skated to an 8-1 dominating win over the Barons. The Novas led a very balanced attack with goals coming from Matthew Ellis (2), Lewis Taylor, Ben MacLellan (2), Brant Timmons, Luke Hadley & Graham MacDonald and a total of twelve players on the team recording points in the game. Ben van Steinburg backstopped The Novas to the win in nets allowing only the one goal by The Barons. “We’ve been working very hard on all aspects of our game,” said Coach Mike Stewart. “We pride ourselves on being prepared for every game and every opponent. Today everything seem to come together and we were firing on all cylinders but we can still be better though, it’s only the start of the season and we have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be.” On Sunday, The Novas travelled to the city and came away with a 3-2 loss to a Barons team that was better prepared to play. Rookie Lewis Taylor scored both goals for The Novas with Dell Welton, Ben MacLellan and Sam Grant contributing assists. Kenzie MacPhail recorded with loss in nets stopping all but 3 of the 21 shots he faced. “We learned some valuable lessons today about teamwork and not taking our opponent for granted. Our players recognize that we need to keep improving in certain areas of our game and that we have to come to the rink ready to play every day.” The Novas open the month of October on the road as they visit the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm next Saturday at Cole Harbour Place with a 7:00PM start time and then they face off on Sunday against the Halifax Accel Hawks at the Halifax Civic Arena at 11:30AM.
Sep 26, 2016

Nova Training Camp - Stage I Results

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team would like to thank all players that participated in Stage I of our training camp this past week. Stage II will commence tomorrow at 5:30PM with a dry land training session at The Oland Center. The following is a list of players that are invited to continue to participate in our training camp. Forward (In no particular order) Taylor, Lewis              Gould, Luke Gillis, Daniel               MacDonald, Lowell Leblanc, Daniel           Thomson, Frank Matthews, Dave          Ellis, Matthew Leuschner, Nelson      Grant, Sam Larade, Brayden          Pitts, Landyn Hadley, Blake Defense (In no particular order) Stewart, Zac               MacDonald, Graham Hartery, Jack              MacLellan, Ben Chisholm, Dylan          Timmons, Brant Kennedy, Angus          Welton, Dell MacLean, Neil             Hadley, Luke MacNeil, Kaber Goal (In no particular order) MacPhail, Kenzie        Connors, Brandon MacPherson, Chase    Van Steinburg, Ben  For those of you not selected for Stage II, we wish you well in the upcoming season and look forward to seeing you at next year's training camp if you are eligible to participate. In accordance with NSMBHL policy, a player release will be generated and emailed within the next 24 hours to each participant not invited to Stage II of our training camp. Please ensure your training camp jersey is returned to a member of The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team.  
Aug 21, 2016

MacLean Commits to Rothesy Netherwood School

After patrolling the blue line for The Novas during the 2015-2016 season as the only female in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League, Ella MacLean commits to Rothesay Netherwood School for the 2016-2017 season. When reached Jeff Lewis, Director of Hockey Operations for Rothesay Netherwood School, commented, "“We are very excited to have a student-athlete of Ella’s calibre decide to attend RNS to help further her academic and hockey growth. Ella has had a tremendous minor hockey career and will be a great addition to our school community and our female varsity hockey program at RNS. Our school has done well preparing student-athletes to be successful at the university level, and we feel with Ella’s skill set and work ethic that we will help her to reach her academic and hockey goals.” With high expectations, The Novas wish Ella good luck and tremendous success as she continues with her academic and hockey careers!
Jun 20, 2016

STFX X-Men Announce Summer Off-Ice Hockey Development Program

X-MEN SUMMER OFF-ICE HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT The basic objective of the X-Men Off-Ice Hockey Development Program is to provide Long Term Player Development for players interested in sport specific conditioning opportunities in Hockey. Complete the following online form to be submitted to X-Men Hockey. Any inquires and questions regarding family prizing rates please email xmenhockey@stfx.ca Registration Form
Jun 5, 2016

Nova Award Winners

Top Defenseman - Sean Stewart Top Goal Scorer - Logan Chisholm Rookie of Year - Dell Welton Unsung Hero - Darren Waterman Most Improved Player(s)- Matthew Helpard & Matthew Raike Playoff MVP - Jake Stewart Team MVP - Logan Chisholm
May 10, 2016

Nova Spring ID Camp Inter Squad Team

Team Blue   Team White # Player Name Pos   # Player Name Pos 2 MacKay, Kolby F   3 MacRae, Dylan Hugh F 4 Neil, Aaron Edward F   10 Ellis, Matthew Donavan F 6 McLaren, Brody Jacob F   11 Pitts, Landyn F 7 Gillis, Daniel MacNeil F   13 Ellis, Chase Camden F 9 MacDonald, Lowell F   14 Larade, Brayden Marc F 9 Mailman, Caleb-Devan William F   15 Gerroir , Andre Réal F 12 Taylor, Lewis Judson Robert F   17 Hadley, Blake Evan F 19 Gould, Luke F   21 Jordan, Keir Alexander F 20 Pictou, Tyler Keon F   22 Leuschner, Nelson Joesph F F LeBlanc, Daniel Thomas F   23 Thomson, Frank Bryce F 2 Stewart, Zac Liam D   27 Chisholm, Duncan Joseph F 4 MacLellan, Ben D   3 Morgan, Faith Marie D 9 Hartery, Jack Michael D   7 MacDonald, Drew D 13 Chisholm, Dylan Thomas D   11 Hadley, Luke Edward D 20 Timmons, Brant Howard D   12 MacDonald, Graham Thomas D 21 MacNeil, Kaber Nolan D   16 Pinkohs, Ethan Alexander D 27 MacLean, Neil Howard D   18 Welton, Dell Enoch D   Connors, Brandon Eugene G   22 Kennedy, Angus Roderick D   MacEachern, Mathew Leo Bernard G   24 Johnson, Hunter Gerard Kitpu D   MacPhail, Kenzie Walker G     MacIntyre, Douglas Boyd G   Walker, Donovan G     MacPherson, Chase Bailey G           McNamara, Garrison Michael G           Van Steinburg, Ben Allan G
May 6, 2016

2016 Nova Major Bantam Spring ID Camp

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding their Spring Identification Camp in May 2016. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2016-2017 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and Training Camp in August. All 1st Year Bantam Players in the 2016-2017 season are required to attend in a checking clinic prior to participating in any Major Bantam Spring Identification Camp. If you are a 1st Year Bantam player or have not participated in a checking clinic in the past and are intent on attending the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Spring ID Camp you are required to attend a checking clinic. A checking clinic is scheduled for May 2nd at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center and May 3rd at the Antigonish Arena. This clinic is not required for goaltenders. Checking Clinic ($40) Day 1 Date: May 2, 2016      Location: Port Hawkesbury Civic Center           4:30 to 5:30 - Video and Classroom Session           5:45 to 7:00 - Off Ice Clinic (Players In Full Gear                                  on Main Ice Surface) Sneakers                                  required for footwear. Day 2 Date: May 3, 2016      Location: Antigonish Arena           4:30 to 6:30 – On Ice Clinic Checking Clinic Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (Monday May 2, 2016). Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 2, 2016.    Spring ID Camp ($100) Day 1 Date: May 6, 2016      Location: Antigonish Arena           4:30 pm - Goalie Evaluations           5:30 pm -  Forward Evaluations           6:30 pm -  Defenseman Evaluations Day 2 Date: May 7, 2016      Location: Antigonish Arena           9:00 am - Team White Practice           10:30 am - Team Blue Practice           4:00 pm – Inter-Squad Game #1 Day 3 Date: May 8, 2016      Location: Antigonish Arena           1:00 pm – Inter-Squad Game #2           4:30 pm – Inter-Squad Game #3 Spring ID Camp Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (Monday May 6, 2016). Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 6, 2016. For information, please contact: Mike Stewart        (902) 870-2156 coach@novahockey.ca Shane MacIsaac   (902) 867-7297 president@novahockey.ca PLEASE BE AWARE Regulations of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League require all registration forms must be received by the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2016 Spring Identification Camp. A player will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Checking Clinic or Spring ID Camp until registration is received and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia.
Apr 16, 2016

NSMBHL Player of The Week

Ella MacLean had a very difficult decision to make at the start of the season; was she going to make the jump from Bantam AA to Major Midget Girls Hockey or was she going to continue her development with The Nova Major Bantams?  Ella and her family decided that she would have a better opportunity to develop her game and skills if she continued to play with boys. Known for her hockey sense and her sound defensive play she quickly fit into the Novas’ defensive corps. With 2 goals and 1 assist in this past Sunday’s game against Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats, Ella had her first 3 point game of her Major Bantam career. Ella is one of the few girls who have chosen the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League as their path for their development and she is quickly becoming a stand out.
Dec 2, 2015

Novas Capture Four Points On The Road

The Novas were on the road this past weekend in NSMBHL action. On Saturday they were in Berwick where they faced off against the Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats and skated away with a 2-1 win in a low scoring defensive affair. Scoring for the Novas, with both goals was, Logan Chisholm for his League Leading 13th & 14th goals of the season. Jake Stewart, Matthew Ellis & Mason Grant provided the helps on the goals. Owen MacDonald stopped 20 of the 21 shots that the Wildcats fired at his new. On Sunday, the Novas stopped in to see the Bearcats on the way home and were victorious in a high scoring 6-5 game. Ewan MacDonald tended the nets for the Novas turning aside 30 of the 35 shots he faced. The Novas were led offensively by Matthew Ellis with his first hat-trick of his young bantam career. Logan Chisholm, Chase Ellis & Matthew Raike picked up singles to round out the scoring. The Novas take a break from League action this weekend and travel to Moncton to participate in the Monctonian AAA Challenge. In Round Robin play they will face off against The Moncton Hawks at 8:30am Thursday morning, the Dartmouth Whalers Thursday at 7:00PM and finally against the Prince County Warriors on Friday at 2:45PM. Follow the Novas on Twitter @Nova_Bantams for regular updates.
Nov 9, 2015

Novas Successful At Atlantic Challenge Cup

Congratulations to those members of The Novas that participated as members of the various teams from Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick last weekend. Team Nova Scotia Male Under-15 – Gold Medal Winners Jake Stewart ‘C’ - Forward Logan Chisholm - Forwarf Team Nova Scotia Female Under-16 – Silver Medal Winners Ella MacLean – Defense Team Nova Scotia Male Under-14 – Silver Medal Winners Chase Ellis – Forward Matthew Ellis – Forward Del Welton – Defense Congratulations from Nova Hockey also goes out to Logan Chisholm who was awarded the Bauer Hard Hat Award for Under-15 Team Nova Scotia, who was determined by his teammates to be the player that has the most positive attitude, greatest work ethic and is a teammate of whom all are proud to be associated.   
Oct 13, 2015

Home & Home Against Crushers

     After a devastating loss to the Halifax Hawks the previous weekend, a refocused Nova team rebounded with two straight wins in a home & home series against the Scotsburn Crushers. On Saturday evening in Port Hawkesbury The Novas skated to a 9-1 win over the Crushers in a hard hitting but one-sided affair. Scoring for The Novas was Logan Chisholm and Chase Ellis each with 2 goals and 3 points on the night, Adam Hilling with 2 goal and Darren Waterman, Matthew Ellis and Jake Stewart with singles. Ewan MacDonald started in goal for The Novas and stopped 9 of the 10 shots that he faced. The Novas played their second game against the Crushers Sunday afternoon at the Pictou County Wellness Center and were able to hold on to a 4-1 win in a much closer game than the previous night. Scoring for The Novas were Michael Putnam, Matthew Ellis, Matthew Raike & Mason Grant. Owen MacDonald earned the win between the pipes for The Novas stopping 28 of the 29 shots taken by Pictou.     The Nova also would like to recognize the following players that will be participating in the Atlantic Challenge Cup this coming weekend in Moncton, New Brunswick: Logan Chisholm & Jake Stewart as members of the Nova Scotia Under-15 team and Chase Ellis, Matthew Ellis & Del Welton as members of Nova Scotia Under-14. We would like to wish the boys good luck and are confident they will represent their team and provnce with Nova Pride. 
Oct 5, 2015

Novas Open The Season On The Road With 2 Wins

The Nova Major Bantams opened the 2015-2016 hockey season, in defense of their Atlantic and Provincial Championships, on the road in Halifax this past weekend. On Saturday evening The Novas battled the Dartmouth Whalers to a 3-2 victory. Scoring for the Novas were returning players Chase Ellis, Jake Stewart and Logan Chisholm. Stewart contributed two assists in the game for a three point night. Owen MacDonald, from Port Hood, handled the goaltending for The Novas turning aside 13 of the 15 shots he faced. The Novas visited the Cole Harbour Storm on Sunday afternoon and skated away with a 6-1 victory. Scoring for The Nova were Jake Stewart with 2 goals, Matthew Raike with 2 goals, Logan Chisholm and Ella MacLean each with singles. Ewan MacDonald faced 24 shots by the Storm in nets for the Novas. The Novas next see action next weekend when they face off against The Landworks Gulls in their home opener Saturday evening at 5:00PM in Port Hawkesbury. On Sunday the Halifax Accel Hawks visit for a 1:00PM start time in Port Hawkesbury.
Sep 21, 2015

2015 - 2016 Training Camp

  The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their 2015-2016 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2015-2016 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the schedule on this website. Stage I - $125.00 August 14 - August 16 (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced.) Stage II - $100.00 August 17 - August 23 (At the end of Stage II the roster will be reduced to minimum of 19 players.) Training Camp Registration Form Please complete the above registration form prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please provide (i) a cheque dated August 14th for $125.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 17th for $100.00 payable to Nova Major Bantam Hockey.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed. Forms must be completed prior to 1:00PM on Friday August 14, 2015. Please confirm participation and provide registration fees at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Centre between 2:00PM & 3:00PM.
Aug 8, 2015

2015 Spring ID Camp Announced

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding their Spring Identification Camp in May 2015. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2015-2016 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and Training Camp in August. All 1st Year Bantam Players in the 2015-2016 season are required to attend in a checking clinic prior to participating in any Major Bantam Spring Identification Camp. If you are a 1st Year Bantam player or have not participated in a checking clinic in the past and are intent on attending the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Spring ID Camp you are required to attend a checking clinic. A checking clinic is scheduled for April 30th at the Antigonish Arena at 6:00PM-8:00PM. This clinic is not required for goaltenders. Checking Clinic (Antigonish Arena): Registration Fee: $30.00 Thursday, April 30             6:00PM – 8:00PM Identification Camp (Antigonish Arena): Registration Fee: $135.00 Friday, May 22                  5:30PM – 5:50PM         Parent Meeting                                         6:00PM – 8:00PM         On-Ice Assessment Saturday, May 23             9:00AM – 4:00PM         On-Ice Assessment                                        7:00PM – 8:30PM         Black & White Scrimmage #1 Sunday, May 24               9:00AM – 10:00AM      On-Ice Assessment (Goalies Only)                                        10:00AM – 11:30AM     Black & White Scrimmage #2                                        2:30PM – 4:00PM         Black & White Scrimmage #3   Registration must be completed and fees received prior to player participation (Friday, May 22, 2015). Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration table on May 22, 2015. For information, please contact: Mike Stewart        (902) 870-2156     manager@novahockey.ca Shane MacIsaac   TBD                     president@novahockey.ca or  Nova Major Bantam Hockey 606 Reeves Street Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2R7 PLEASE BE AWARE Under new regulations by the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League, all registration forms must be received by the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2015 Spring Identification Camp.
Apr 21, 2015

2015 Irving Challenge Cup Champions!

The Novas captured the Atlantic Canadian Championships with an exciting 2-1 win over The Dartmouth Whalers
Apr 12, 2015

Nova Scotia Major Bantam Provincial Champions!

The Nova Major Bantams participated in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Provincial Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Keith Miller Arena in East Hants.  “We have had a lot of discussions with the boys about what to expect in provincials the past two weeks, “ commented head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “We have seen these teams many times in the past year - they are all great hockey teams, and we know what each and every one of them bring to the table.  If we play our best hockey throughout the tournament, I know we can be successful!” The Novas started out slowly, however, in Game One on Thursday, losing 3-0 to the surging JonelJim Cougars.  In Game Two on Friday morning, the Novas again struggled out of the gate again against the Newbridge Senators and held a slim 2-1 lead in the third on goals by Ryan MacLellan (assist - Jacob Stewart) and Logan Chisholm (unassisted), until Chase Ellis (assists - Logan Timmons and Ryan MacLellan) and Jacob Stewart (unassisted) potted empty net goals en route to a 4-1 triumph.  In Game 3 against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm on Friday afternoon, the Novas trailed 1-0 going into the third period before exploding for four goals to take the game 4-1.  Scoring for the Novas in the third period of the game were Malcolm MacEachern (assist - Chase Ellis), Stephen Fox (assist - Logan Timmons), Calum MacPherson (assists - Fearghus MacDonald and Ryan MacLellan), and Darren Waterman (unassisted).  “I really thought we turned a corner in the third period of this game,” said coach MacDonald. “We started to play hard in all three zones, and limited the chances on our goaltending. Colton Ellis stood tall for us in the first couple of games, and we didn't support him as well as we should have.” Game 4 took place on Saturday morning with the Novas shutting out the Bedford Barons 5-0.  Chase Ellis led the way for the Novas with a hat trick; Fearghus MacDonald had a three point effort (1 goal and 2 assists).  Malcolm MacEachern and Darren Waterman each chipped in two assists; Stephen Fox potted a goal and Lucas Fabijancic and Jacob Hudson rounded out the scoring with an assist each.  Colton Ellis and Kolby Baker shared the goaltending duties in the shutout.  The win put the Novas, the Bedford Barons and the Dartmouth Whalers at 3-1 and gave the Novas a re-match with the Barons in the semi-final game on Saturday evening.     In the nail-biting semi-final, the Barons seemed ready to avenge the morning defeat taking a quick 2-0 lead on the Novas until team captain Calum MacPherson (assist - Fearghus MacDonald) and Jacob Hudson (assist - Logan Chisholm) knotted the game at two. The teams remained deadlocked at 2 until Jacob Hudson potted his second of the game (assists - Fearghus MacDonald and Ryan MacLellan) and put the Novas ahead early in the second.  The remainder of the game saw great action at both ends with timely saves by Nova’s tender Colton Ellis to preserve the 3-2 lead and give the Novas spot in the final against the Dartmouth Whalers.     In the Championship game, some excellent play from both squads resulted in a scoreless first period.  Dartmouth got on the board first with 29 seconds to go in the second and preserved the one goal lead until late in the game when Ellis was pulled for the extra attacker, and Fearghus MacDonald potted the equalizer (assists - Ryan MacLellan and Malcolm MacEachern) sending the game into overtime. The game see-sawed through the first overtime until Jacob Hudson netted the winner at 1:21 into the second overtime (assists - Logan Chisholm and Blair Fraser) securing the provincial banner and sending the Novas to the Major Bantam Atlantics.  Colton Ellis was named the top goaltender, Ryan MacLellan the top defenseman, and Jacob Hudson netted MVP honours.  “What a game and what a tournament - that really sums it up,” said Coach MacDonald. “The boys really brought their A games the last three games when it counted - they fore-checked hard, blocked a ton of shots, back-checked hard, and and created so many turnovers.  I am really proud of these guys - this is something they will never forget.”  The Novas return to the ice at the Irving Challenge Cup Major Bantam Atlantics to be held at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, April 9-12, 2015 - best of luck to the Novas as they play for the Atlantic Major Bantam title.  
Mar 15, 2015

2015 Memorial Tournament Champions!

Novas Capture 2015 Memorial Championship by defeating the Scotsburn Crushers 2-1
Feb 15, 2015

Novas Split Weekend On The Road

The Nova Major Bantams were back in league action this past weekend with a pair of road games against the ACCEL Halifax Hawks and the Pro Hockey Like Harbour Storm.  “Both teams this weekend have been solid defensively of late,“ said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “They play strong in all three zones so we have to work on getting some speed going through the neutral zone and coming up with a strong forecheck. If we do that, I am sure we will walk away with the four points”.  At the Halifax Civic Arena on Saturday, the Novas were down by two goals early in the game before Jacob Hudson converted the pass from Chase Ellis to get the Novas within one.  The Hawks restored the two goal lead soon afterwards, and the game entered the second with the Novas down 3-1.  Jack Morris (assisted by Logan Chisholm) and Malcolm MacEachern (assisted by Logan Timmons and Sean Stewart) knotted the game for the Novas in the second, but the Hawks again took the lead early in the third.  With time winding down in the third, and the home team trying mightily to hang on for the two points, the combination of Logan Timmons, Malcolm MacEachern and Sean Stewart tied the game with a little over a minute left, setting the stage for the unassisted overtime game winner by Jacob Hudson.  On Sunday at Cole Harbour Place, a fierce Harbour Storm pounded the Novas in a 3-2 loss.  Fearghus MacDonald and Malcolm MacEachern scored for the Novas with MacDonald, Calum MacPherson, Logan Timmons, and Lucas Fabijancic adding the assists.  Novas goaltender Colton Ellis split the goaltending chores with Kolby Baker on Saturday, and took the loss on Sunday. “We had some stretches on the weekend where we played great, and some stretches where we just couldn’t get anything to go right,” said Coach MacDonald.  “Again, some bad giveaways on our half of the ice went into the back of our net.  So we still some work to do, especially with playoffs right around the corner!”  The Novas play their final two regular season games at home next weekend - Saturday against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm at 5 PM the Antigonish Arena, and Sunday at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 1:00 PM against the Landworks Gulls, two important games for Novas with playoffs in the NSMBHL starting in the third week of February.
Feb 2, 2015

Novas Sluggish In Battle For 1st Place

“We haven’t been paying our best hockey of late,“ said coach Kyle MacDonald.  “We knew this weekend is important especially with the way the Whalers have been playing all year. We have to get on them early, and try to establish our game. That’s the way we will have success against them.”  Unfortunately, the offence seemed to elude the Nova Bantams this weekend, only managing three goals in two games.  At the Antigonish Arena on Saturday, the Nova Majors fell behind the Whalers early and couldn’t find the back of the net against the stingy Dartmouth netminding, with the game ending in a 3-0 defeat.  On Sunday in East Hants, the Novas broke the ice in the second when Jacob Hudson found the back of the net on the power play assisted by Jack Morris and Stephen Fox.  Logan Timmons added a second power play marker midway through the third (assisted by Fearghus MacDonald and Logan Chisholm), while Fox rounded out the scoring a few minutes later with another power play goal assisted again by Morris.  The Senators pressed hard in the late stages of the game but could only manage one goal as Colton Ellis stood tall and preserved the 3-1 victory.  “We certainly didn’t have our best weekend”, commented Coach MacDonald.  “I felt that as a team, we have to learn how to tighten some things up when our offence isn’t working. Good thing our power play was clicking on Sunday!”  The Nova Bantams return to league action in two weeks with a road game against the ACCEL Hawks and finish the season in their home rinks the following weekend.
Jan 19, 2015

Novas Earn Four Points On Weekend To Keep Pace With Whalers

The Nova Major Bantams were back in action this past weekend with a home and an away game against the Valley Wildcats and the JonelJim Cougars.  “We didn’t start the second half of the year on the best note - I didn't think we played our best hockey against Bedford or Truro last weekend.  We weren’t sharp and they really showed us what it means to hustle for the puck and play as a team,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “Hopefully, this weekend the effort level will improve and we can come out with four big points.”  On Saturday afternoon at the Antigonish Arena, the Novas played the Valley Wildcats and came away with a 4-1 victory.  Jacob Hudson lead the attack with a goal and an assist,  with Fearghus MacDonald, Logan Chisholm, and Blair Fraser adding single markers.  In the assists category, Stephen Fox and Liam Mackinnon lead the way with two assists each, with Calum MacPherson and Grant Mason posting the final helpers.  Colton Ellis was solid in nets for the win.  At the Emera Centre on North Sydney on Sunday morning, the Novas took on the surging JonelJim Cougars and came away with an exciting 2-1 victory!   Sean Stewart paced the Novas attack with a goal and an assist, with Logan Timmons providing the only other Nova goal.  Calum MacPherson, Fearghus MacDonald, and Jacob Hudson added the remaining helpers.  Colton Ellis picked up his league leading 18th win in nets!  “We had a better effort overall this weekend,” said Coach MacDonald.  “We still had a few lapses but we were able to hold off two very gritty teams and come out with the four points.”  On Saturday January 17th, the Novas entertain the league leading Dartmouth Whalers with the  puck drop slated for 5 PM at the Antigonish Arena.  “This is great hockey for this age category and indeed in any age category,” said Team President Shane MacIsaac.  “We have been getting great crowds at the Arena and I can guarantee that this weekend, hockey fans in the region will be treated to a beauty of a game!  We hope to see you there.”
Jan 12, 2015

Hudson Named NSMBHL Player of The Week

On the basis of his performance of four (4) goals and one (1) assist in two games this past weekend, the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League has awarded Jacob Hudson the Player of the Week Honour. http://nsmbhl.goalline.ca/news.php?news_id=1066476
Dec 24, 2014

Christmas Home Stand

The Nova Bantams were back in action this weekend with a pair of home games looking to maintain their position near the top of the NSMBHL standings.  “The last couple of weeks, we had some difficulty in keeping our focus at key points in the games, and that proved costly on a couple of occasions,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “We talked about this a lot the past two weeks.  We know that if we are too anxious we can take some costly bad penalties, and make a lot of poor decisions with and without the puck.  We have to try to correct that if we want to maintain a high level of play!”  At the Antigonish Arena on Saturday, the Novas got on the board early when Jacob Hudson scored his first of three in the game with the assist going to Fearghus MacDonald.  The Barons knotted the game quickly afterwards and the game remained tied at one until late in the first when Hudson notched his second of the game assisted by Calum  MacPherson.  The second period saw both team have a lot of great chances with the Novas Colton Ellis standing tall and shutting the door to preserve the slim one-goal margin!  The Barons scored two quick goals early in the third to take a 3-2 lead, when Hudson potted his hat-trick goal from Calum MacPherson and Ryan MacLellan to knot the game at three.  From there, the Novas didn’t look back as Fearghus MacDonald (assisted by MacLellan), Lucas Fabijancic (assisted by Hudson and MacPherson), and Ryan MacLellan (assisted by Jacob Stewart) salted away the victory!  On Sunday afternoon at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the visiting Newbridge Senators jumped into a short-lived 1-0 before Logan Chisholm tied the game at 1 assisted by Chase Ellis and Lucas Fabijancic.  Again on Sunday, a scoreless, fast-paced second resulted in a lot of great scoring opportunities and some timely saves from the Senators goaltender and the Novas Colton Ellis to preserve the tie.  The game remained deadlocked until late in the third when Liam MacKinnon broke the tie assisted by Calum MacPherson and Fearghus MacDonald.  Logan Timmons (assisted by Sean Stewart) and Jacob Hudson (assisted by Colton Ellis) fired empty net goals to seal the 4-1 victory against the always tough Senators squad.  “This weekend was one where we wanted to get those last two victories before the Christmas Break, and I thought we were very sharp against two very good teams,” commented Coach MacDonald.  “We have had a good first half of the season though, and the boys will enjoy the Christmas break; they have worked hard and have really shown that we are competitive with the top teams in this league.  I am excited for the second half to begin in the New Year.”  The Novas next see action in the New Year on the road against the Bedford Barons and the Truro Bearcats; they return to the Antigonish Arena on January 10, 2015 for a matchup against the Kings Mutual Wildcats.  
Dec 22, 2014

Novas Named to Showcase 2014 Roster

Nova team members Colten Ellis, Logan Timmons, Ryan Maclellan and Jacob Hudson have been named to the Team North roster for Showcase 2014. Showcase 2014 will take place in Truro on December 27. Gametime is currently scheduled for 4:00PM at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
Dec 19, 2014

Novas Continue Their Strong Play At Home & On The Road

The Nova Major Bantams were back in action this weekend with a home game against the Landworks Gulls at the Antigonish Arena and a road game against the Pictou County Crushers.  “Overall, we have been playing well as a team the past few weekends,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “Over the past month, we learned that as a team we have to stay disciplined in order to be successful.  This weekend will be a good test to see how far we have progressed, as we have to do our best against two very scrappy teams if we want to maintain our position in the standings.”     On Saturday, the Novas and Gulls traded chances through much of the first period until Logan Chisholm broke the game open with an unassisted shorthanded tally with 40 seconds to go in the first period.  The Novas built on that in the second with goals by Calum MacPherson and Jacob Hudson.  Stephen Fox scored early in the third to build a 4-0 lead for the Novas before the Gulls potted their first.  From there it was basically all Novas as both Logan Chisholm and Jacob Hudson each netted their second of the game, with Logan Timmons adding a pair of markers as well.  Hudson and MacPherson chipped in with an assist each; Ryan MacLellan and Fearghus MacDonald added a pair of helpers, and Lucas Fabijancic rounded out the scoring with an assist.  Colton Ellis was strong in nets for the victory.   On Sunday, the Nova Bantams faced the Crushers at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and came away with a 4-3 victory.  Logan Timmons and Jacob Stewart lead the way with multi-point games for the Novas with Timmons contributing two goals and an assist and Stewart a goal and an assist. Calum MacPherson scored the final Nova’s goal and Stephen Fox, Jacob Hudson, Malcolm MacEachern, and Sean Stewart added single helpers.  Kolby Baker picked up the win in Sunday’s game.  “On Sunday, we seemed to be a bit snakebitten,” said coach MacDonald.   “We had a lot of chances early, and they didn’t go in, but we were able to dig down and get the W!  On Saturday, everything seemed to be clicking!  What Sunday showed the coaching staff is that we are learning how to play through the tough spots where the pucks aren’t bouncing your way!”  The Nova Bantams are in their home rinks for a pair of games this weekend - on Saturday evening at 5 PM, they face off against the Bedford Barons at the Antigonish Arena, and on Sunday afternoon they entertain the Newbridge Senators at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 1 PM.
Dec 15, 2014

Novas Split Their Weekend In Liverpool

The Nova Major Bantams were back on the road this weekend with a pair of games at against the Western Hurricanes.  “We have been playing well as a team the past few weekends,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “We saw the Hurricanes recently, and although we had a good they are not a team to take lightly. We have to stay disciplined and stick to our game plans in order to be successful.”     On Saturday in Liverpool, the Hurricanes broke open the scoring with 5 seconds to go in the first notching a shorthanded marker to take a 1-0 lead in the game.  Two more power play goals early in the third by the Hurricanes built them a comfortable 3-0 lead!  Despite a valiant comeback attempt late in the third, the Novas were handed only their third regulation loss of the season dropping a 4-3 decision to the ‘Canes. Logan Timmons, Logan Chisholm, and Liam MacKinnon scored for the Novas; assists were credited to Stephen Fox, Fearghus MacDonald, and Ryan MacLellan.  Kolby Baker took the loss in the cage on Saturday.  On Sunday, the Nova Major squad avenged Saturday’s defeat with a 4-0 victory.  Logan Chisholm and Malcolm MacEachern each had a goal and an assist for the Novas.  Fearghus MacDonald and Jacob Stewart rounded out scoring in the the goals department, while Chase Ellis, Sean Stewart, and Loan Timmons added single helpers. Colton Ellis recorded the victory in nets in Sunday’s contest.  “This weekend we wanted to get four points to maintain our positioning near the top of the standings,”offered Coach MacDonald.  “Instead, it was a lesson learned - you can’t take a single game off in this league or it will hurt you!  In particular, our special teams seem to fall asleep this weekend, so that is something we will have to address in the coming weeks”  The Novas entertain the Landworks Gulls at home on Saturday and play a road game against the Scotsburn Crushers on Sunday in Stellarton at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  Puck drop for the home half of the weekend is slated for Saturday evening at 5 PM at the Antigonish Arena.
Dec 8, 2014

Novas Continue To Roll

The Nova Major Bantams were back in action this past weekend after winning the ESSO Atlantic Major Bantam Hockey Tournament in Halifax the previous weekend.  “We have been playing so much better of late, and the boys were obviously up for the challenge of facing the top teams in the Atlantic Region”, said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “We gave the boys the day off on Tuesday to let them rest up a bit, but we warned them that it’s back to business.  We have to make sure we continue to build and improve as a team, as there isn’t a single easy game in this league!”  The Nova Bantams seemed reenergized and razor sharp on Saturday evening as they thumped the Western Hurricanes 7-3 at the Antigonish Arena.   Logan Timmons fired a hat trick to lead the way for the Novas, with Fearghus MacDonald, Logan Chisholm, Jacob Hudson, and Malcolm McEachern adding singles.  MacDonald, Chisholm, and Hudson also chipped in with an assist each, while Darren Waterman, Lucas Fabijancic, Ryan MacLellan and Jack Morris provided single helpers.  Colby Baker posted the win in nets on Saturday.  In Sunday’s game, the Novas scratched out a tough 3-2 shootout victory against the pesky ACCEL Halifax Hawks. Leading the charge for the Novas were Stephen Fox with a couple of assists; Logan Timmons and Malcolm MacEachern each had a goal and an assist, and Logan Chisholm rounded out the scoring with an assist.  Timmons also notched the shootout winner.  Colton Ellis picked up the win in the pipes on Sunday.  “I was pleased with the way we played on Saturday,” said Coach MacDonald. “On Sunday, the Hawks battled us hard, and we didn’t respond the way I would have liked!  Some things we still have to improve upon, and we are getting there”  The Novas go back on the road this weekend with a pair of away games against the Western Hurricanes; they return to their home rinks the following weekend with games against the Bedford Barons on Saturday, December 13 at the Antigonish Arena, and the Newbridge Senators on Sunday, December 14 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Dec 1, 2014

2014 Esso Tournament Champions

The Nova Major Bantams took part in the ESSO Atlantic Major Bantam Hockey Tournament in Halifax this past weekend, posting a 3-0-1 record in the round robin portion.  “We have been playing well of late,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “Two weekends ago at the Irving tournament, we kind of hit a wall in the playoff round. We talked about focus and being prepared for this tournament the past two weeks.  I thought going in the team was up to the challenge of facing the top teams in the Atlantic Region!”  On Thursday morning, the Nova Bantams battled the Western Hurricanes from the Nova Scotia Major Bantam League and came away with a 6-1 triumph, while the Friday matchups saw the Nova Bantams defeat the Dieppe Flyers from the New Brunswick Bantam league 4-2 and play the Newbridge Senators to a 3-3 draw.  Saturday morning, the Novas took on the Landworks gulls from the Nova Scotia League and came away with a 4-2 victory.  At the end of the round robin, the Novas were on top of the standings in the Refining Division, and faced the Bedford Barons of the Nova Scotia league in a Saturday afternoon quarterfinal matchup.  The Novas battled their league opponents hard and advanced to the semi-final round with a 3-2 victory and a date with the tough Moncton Hawks of the New Brunswick league on Sunday morning.  A 5-1 victory against the Hawks set the stage for a thrilling championship game against the Dartmouth Whalers of the Nova Scotia League, in which the Novas prevailed in a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory to take home the 2014 Esso Atlantic Banner!  Logan Timmons was named tournament MVP and Colton Ellis was named the top goaltender.  “This was a great weekend for this team,” said head coach Kyle macDonald.  “We are working hard, learning lessons from all our games, and the coaching staff is pleased with the way this team has come together.  It’s great hockey to watch and I invite everyone to come out and see the kind of hockey being played in this league.”  The Nova Bantams return to league action this coming weekend with a pair of home games against the Western Hurricanes and the ACCEL Hawks.  Puck drop is slated for 5 PM at the Antigonish Arena on November 29th and at 11 AM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center on November 30th.
Nov 23, 2014

The Novas Ride Out The Storm To A Solid Win

For the first time in a very long time, the Nova Major Bantams were back at home for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm, after a tough KV Irving tournament finish the previous weekend in Saint John New Brunswick.  “We were flying high after the round robin, but we ran out of gas in the playoff round, it was as simple as that!”  commented head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “It was a learning experience for a lot of the boys - it’s three days of intense competition, and you have to learn how to pace yourself both mentally and physically - something we will work on and talk about as the season rolls along”.  At the Antigonish Arena on Saturday afternoon, the Nova Bantams showed no signs of neither mental nor physical fatigue as they cruised to a 7-1 victory against the Harbour Storm.  Logan Timmons opened the scoring early in the first with a power play marker from Ryan MacLellan.  The score remained at 1-0 until Fearghus MacDonald stepped out of the penalty box and scored a beautiful unassisted marker in the last minute of the first to widen the lead to 2-0.  The Novas fired three more goals in the second as Stephen Fox, Timmons, and MacDonald found the back of the cage, with Logan Chisholm, Chase Ellis, Jack Morris, and Ryan MacLellan providing the helpers.  Fox would add another power play marker in the third assisted by Lucas Fabijancic; Ryan MacLellan rounded out the Nova’s scoring assisted by Darren Waterman late in the third.  Colton Ellis picked up the win in nets.  “Over the past four weeks, we have really come together as a team.  We are playing with confidence in all three zones,and making a lot of good decisions with and without the puck” said Coach MacDonald.  “We are pleased with the way we are playing overall, but we know there is always room for improvement.” The Nova Juniors will be back on the road again competing in the ESSO Atlantic Major Bantam Tournament in Halifax from November 20-23, 2014.  The Nova Bantams X-Men return to league action the following weekend with a pair of home games against the Western Hurricanes and the ACCEL Hawks.  Puck drop is slated for 5 PM at the Antigonish Arena on November 29th and at 11 AM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center on November 30th.
Nov 17, 2014

Novas Earn Four Tough Points

The Nova Major Bantams, having grabbed 4 points the previous weekend, were looking to make it another 4 point weekend and solidify their hold atop the standings in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.  “Last weekend was a good weekend for the guys - we worked on a few more things that should help us down the road, talked about maintaining momentum and the importance of controlling the puck within the game,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “We have been on a pretty good run since the start of the season; this means your opponents will dig down a little deeper, and we have to be ready for that.”  On Saturday evening at the Emera Centre in North Sydney, the Nova Juniors battled the JonelJim Cougars to a 3-2 shootout victory.  Fearghus MacDonald and Logan Timmons scored for the Novas; Liam MacKinnon netted two assists, while Lucas Fabijancic and Stephen Fox added single helpers.  MacDonald also potted the winner in the shootout.  On Sunday afternoon, the Nova Bantams traveled to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro for a match against the Truro Bearcats, and skated away with a 5-1 victory.  Logan Chisholm paced the Nova’s attack with a goal and two assists.  Fearghus MacDonald and Stephen Fox each had a goal and an assist.  Chase Ellis and Calum MacPherson added a goal apiece; Jack Morris, Logan Timmon, Ryan MacLellan, Malcolm Maceachern, and John Brophy rounded out the scoring with an assist each.  “Last weekend when the boys grabbed the four points - it was a great confidence booster but the coaching staff thought we still weren’t playing our best hockey,” said Coach MacDonald.  “This weekend we learned a valuable lesson about teamwork and systems - we managed the puck a lot better on Sunday and it really showed on the scoresheet!  The boys recognize that we need to keep improving in certain key areas to stay near the top of this league; they are showing the commitment to do just that!”  The Nova Bantams next see league on with a home game on November 15;  the puck drops against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm at 5 PM at the Antigonish Arena.
Nov 3, 2014

Another Weekend Split

The Nova Major Bantams were back on the ice after the Thanksgiving break looking to take four points on the weekend to maintain their position in the 2014-15 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League Standings.  “We know going into this weekend, we have to be on top of our game in all areas of the ice,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald. “The boys have been working hard to shore up our neutral zone play, and cut down on the number of times we turn the puck over.  We have been steadily improving our play on the defensive side of the puck every game.  I really feel that our team is coming together well and the coaching staff is looking forward to a couple of strong games this weekend!”  In a Saturday evening tilt at the Antigonish Arena, the boisterous crowd was treated to a real beauty as the Novas and the Bedford Barons put on a display of skill and teamwork with the home squad finally prevailing in a 4-3 shootout decision.  Malcolm MacEachern and Jacob Hudson spotted the home squad a 2-0 first period lead with the assists going to Logan Timmons and Liam MacKinnon, but the Barons roared back early in the second to knot the game at 2.  Some sparkling goaltending by the Novas Colton Ellis ensured the game remained deadlocked at 2 until the third when Chase Ellis finished off a beautiful rush to put the Novas ahead by one on a slick pass from Jacob Hudson.  The Barons squared the game at 3 near the 11 minute mark of the third with neither the the rest of the third nor the five minute OT solving anything!  Hudson and Timmons both scored in the shootout to grab the extra point for an exciting 4-3 Novas win.  Unfortunately, on Sunday, the Novas couldn’t muster that same effort and dropped a 4-1 decision to the Landworks Gulls.  Jacob Hudson scored the only goal for the Novas assisted by Logan Timmons and Malcolm MacEachern.  Kolby Baker played a very strong game for the Novas on Sunday making a number of highlight reel saves in stopping 30 of the 33 he faced.  “We had a strange weekend,” said Coach MacDonald.  “We were excited to play the Barons on Saturday and I thought we played one of our best games of the year against a well-coached, big, and skilled team.  Then we came out flat on Sunday.  I was hoping we would have had some more jump on Sunday but it happens and we just have to learn how to deal with it”  The Novas spend the next two weekend on the road and next see action at home when they face the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm at the Antigonish Arena on November 15.
Oct 20, 2014

Atlantic Challenge Cup

Nova team members (L-R) Jacob Hudson (U-15), Logan Timmons (U-15), Colten Ellis (U-15), Ryan MacLellan (U-15), Jake Stewart (U-14) & Sean Stewart (U-14) were recent members of teams representing Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Challenge Cup. Both the Under-15 & Under-14 teams were successful in capturing the tournament championship.  The Novas congratulate the boys in their successful representation of both the Province and the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team.
Oct 15, 2014

Novas Name Assistants To Compliment MacPherson

The Novas recently named their choise for team Assistant Captains.  Head Coach Kyle MacDonald comments on the teams selections: Ryan MacLellan is this year’s leader among our back end. He is premier defensemen in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League and he does it without ego. He makes guys want to be better players and makes you want to be a better person. That’s just the type of guy he is.   The contribution that Logan Timmons has made to the team this season has been invaluable. Aside from his obvious talents, he has a work ethic like no other. The entire team can learn a lot about hard work from Logan.   Fearghus MacDonald always carries himself in a professional manner. He is a well-spoken, and mature young man. He is a pleasure to be around, and you can count on Fearghus to bring positive energy to the rink each day.   
Oct 7, 2014

Consistency Will Lead To Success

The Nova Bantams began the fifth week in the NSMBHL in a battle with the Dartmouth Whalers and the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm for league supremacy. “Going into this weekend, we knew we had to step it up a bit, and play better as a team,” offered head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “So this week we spent some more time on our neutral zone play, and worked on our special teams. It’s those little things that can make all the difference between a win and a loss, and hopefully this weekend, all this work will grab us four big points,” said coach MacDonald.  On Saturday afternoon at the Antigonish Arena against the Scotsburn Crushers, the Novas carried the play for a good portion of the game but some game-stealing saves from the Crushers goalie combined with shot-blocking heroics of the Crushers players throughout the game saw them come out on the wrong end of a 3-2 score.  Darren Waterman and Jacob Hudson scored for the Novas; Logan Timmons notched a pair of assists with Ryan MacLellan and Stephen Fox rounding out the assist count.  Kolby Baker and Colton Ellis shared the goaltending duties on Saturday and were both solid in the loss.  On Sunday morning, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Novas got behind the visiting Joneljim Cougars early but roared back with three unanswered goals to seal a 3-1 victory. Ryan MacLellan, Logan Timmons, and Logan Chisholm each had a goal, with Fearghus MacDonald , Malcolm MacEachern, Jacob Hudson, and Stephen Fox adding helpers.  Colton Ellis made a number of great saves to pick up the win in Sunday’s game.  “All in all, there were some good lessons this weekend that we hope the boys take to heart,” said Coach MacDonald.  “They played a solid game on Saturday, but came up short against a determined team and goaltender.  On Sunday, we could have easily folded the tent but they dug down deep and grabbed the two points.  Our effort level actually was very consistent this entire weekend and the coaching staff is really pleased with the way the boys are playing as a team.”  The Novas next see home action on October 18th when they take on the Bedford Barons at the Antigonish Arena; puck drop is slated for 5 PM.
Oct 6, 2014

Novas Split Weekend With The Whalers

This weekend, the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey league squared off against each other in a battle for 1st place and bragging rights for early season supremacy. “The Dartmouth Whalers are a very good hockey team,”  head coach Kyle MacDonald offered.  “We have been working hard trying to focus on those little things that can mean the difference between a win and a loss, especially when you are playing such a complete team!  It’s coming together, the coaching staff can feel it, and this weekend will be a great test.”   On Saturday at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, a blistering-paced first period didn’t result in a single puck getting past either netminder and the game remained scoreless until early in the second when Malcolm MacEachern combined with Logan Timmons to put the Novas in front.  The Whalers replied with two quick goals but the Novas roared back on the power play with Jacob Hudson potting the tying goal, also assisted by Logan Timmons.  The Whalers inched ahead for good early in the third despite the relentless Novas’ attack late in the game.  Colton Ellis took the loss in Saturday’s contest.  On Sunday morning, again in the inhospitable confines of the Sportsplex, the Novas showed why they are a team to be reckoned with this season, weathering a massive first period onslaught by the Whalers, eventually coming out on the right side of a 4-3 score.  Logan Timmons paced the attack with a hat trick; Ryan MacLellan notched the other goal for the Novas on the power play and chipped in with an assist.  Malcolm Maceachern added a pair of helpers, and Sean Stewart and Logan Chisholm each had an assist to round out the scoring.  Colton Ellis also handled the goaltending chores for Sunday’s game.  “It was a wild weekend for the guys - coming into the weekend, we knew that we had to be real sharp, and getting the split in the opposition’s barn is huge,” said Coach MacDonald.  “We found out why this team is near the top of the league. They play hard in all areas of the ice, and they are fast and skilled.  The boys played them tough all weekend and a couple of bounces may have enabled us to come out with four points.  It was a great effort and we know we are going to need efforts like that each end every weekend if we want to be near the top of this league”  The Novas are back in the friendly confines of their home rinks this weekend, taking on the Scotsburn Crushers on Saturday October 4, at 5:00 PM at the Antigonish Arena, and on Sunday, they square off against the Breton Cougars at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 11:00 AM.
Sep 29, 2014

Chisholm Named NSMBHL Player of The Week

Logan helped his team to 2 wins this past weekend with one goal and six assists in games against the ACCEL Hawks and Truro Bearcats. "Shifty" is a 1st year Major Bantam Player and a rookie in the league. Logan hails from Antigonish and is quickly making his mark as a team leader with the Nova's this season both on and off the ice.
Sep 24, 2014

Special Teams a Key To Novas Early Success

The Nova Bantams rolled into the second week of the 2014-15 season looking to build on their impressive 2-0 start.  “We are looking to right a few of the mistakes from the first weekend of the season,” head coach Kyle MacDonald offered.  “We have been taking some bad penalties, so we have to keep our cool and stay out of the box.  We also know that in this league you can live or die by your special teams, so we have focused on our special teams this week.  It’s early in the season, and our coaching staff is really positive about the team”.  On Saturday at the Antigonish Arena against the Truro Bearcats, the Novas got behind the 8 ball in the first even though they carried the majority of the play throughout the first and the second.  It wasn’t until the third period when the Novas’ Logan Chisholm and Logan Timmons got them on the board with a pair of goals in quick succession.  The Novas increased the lead midway through the third when Stephen Fox potted an insurance marker off the stick of Logan Chisholm.  Jack Morris chipped in with a pair of assists and Fearghus MacDonald rounded out the scoring with a single helper.  Kolby Baker made several key saves late in the game to help seal a 3-2 victory.  On Sunday morning at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Novas scored two first period goals and never let off the gas enroute to a 7-1 victory against the ACCEL Halifax Hawks.  Jacob Stewart paced the attack with a hat trick, while Calum MacPherson notched a pair of goals and Logan Timmons and Malcolm MacEachern each added singles.  Logan Chisholm had a huge game adding 5 helpers to his early season point total; Calum MacPherson added a couple of assists to go with his two goals.  Jack Morris and Stephen Fox also had two assists and Sean Stewart rounded out the scoring with an assist.  Colton Ellis handled the goaltending chores for Sunday’s contest.  “We found out on Sunday that if we focus on doing little things properly, the scoreboard will take care of itself”, said Coach MacDonald.  “We cut down on the turnovers really concentrated on playing well in the neutral zone, and we seemed to be able to generate a lot of good things from that strong neutral zone play.  It’s exciting to see how the boys are progressing!”  The Novas next see action in the HRM on September 27th and 28th with a pair of games against the Dartmouth Whalers.  The Novas don’t see home ice again until October 4th when they play the Scotsburn Crushers at the Antigonish Arena.
Sep 22, 2014

Novas Name MacPherson as Captain

The Novas of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League announced last evening that Calum MacPherson will be their team captain for the 2014-2015 season. Calum, a second year bantam player and veteran of the Major Bantam Hockey program is from Antigonish and the son of Bruce & Erin MacPherson. Head Coach Kyle MacDonald commented on the selection of MacPherson as Captain, "Among our veteran group, we have some worthy future captains in our room making it a difficult decision for this year’s team. Although the other members all have important leadership qualities, one player’s character stood out the most to me. For opposing teams, he may not be known as a top scorer but it is tough to defend against someone with the amount of courage that he has. Calum has the type of leadership qualities that will enable him to make a great captain. In his first year with the team, I thought he was one of the quietest, and best leaders you could have because he simply went out on the ice, with no fanfare, and got the job done. For amount of time I coached him, I felt that being behind the bench and watching him compete on a regular basis, it was like, wow, what a great message to send to the rest of the guys. He has the ability to influence his teammates whether he knows it or not. When you have a player on your team that competes, and sacrifices himself the way he does, it pushes the rest of the guys to want to give more.  Off the ice, Calum carries himself in a respectful way, always showing the right amount of courtesy. What I know about Calum is that he exemplifies class, he’s a great teammate, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him as our captain. He truly deserves this."  
Sep 18, 2014

Novas Off To A Great Start

The Nova Major Bantams opened the 2014-15 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League season this past weekend with a home and an away game.  At the Antigonish Arena on Saturday evening, the Nova Bantams faced off in their home opener against against the Newbridge Academy Senators, following a heartfelt tribute and a moment of silence for John “Nova” Chisholm, the naming sponsor of the club, who passed away during the past summer.  The Novas and the Senators battled throughout a scoreless first period until Logan Timmons got the home team on the board on a beautiful set up from Liam MacKinnon and Fearghus MacDonald.  The Senators took advantage of some Nova miscues in the neutral zone and evened the score soon afterwards, and the game remained knotted at 1 until Stephen Fox put the Novas ahead early in the third with the assist going to Jack Morris.  The game see-sawed throughout the remainder of the third when Logan Chisholm salted the victory with an empty net marker that made it across the line with a second to spare, much to the delight of the boisterous Arena crowd.  On Sunday afternoon at the Pictou County wellness Centre, the Novas grabbed an early 1-0 lead and went on to defeat the Crushers 5-0.  Logan Timmons had a three point game with 2 goals and a helper; Logan Chisholm, Jacob Stewart, and Stephen Fox each had a goal with the remaining helper coming off the stick Chase Ellis.   Colten Ellis put in solid efforts in both games to pick up his first two victories of the young season.  “This weekend was about coming together as a team,” said the Novas new head coach Kyle MacDonald.  “It’s a new season, with a lot of rookies, and some great second year players that can really lead this squad.  As with the beginning of every season, we made a few mental miscues mistakes and learned how to play a little better as a team.”  MacDonald says he favours the high tempo, entertaining style of hockey that was in abundance at the arena on Saturday afternoon. Team President Shane MacIsaac was delighted with the number of fans who showed up to watch the game at the arena .  “This really is showcase hockey for this age group - it’s fast, intense, and the players are skilled,” MacIsaac offered. “It’s great to see the league is growing its fan-base.  We have a lot of games at the Antigonish Arena this year, and I hope we will be able to see even more fans coming out to watch this league.  It really is great hockey”.  The Novas see action this weekend with a pair of home games: Saturday evening they face off against the Truro Bearcats at 5 PM at the Antigonish Arena, while on Sunday at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Novas take on the Halifax ACCEL Hawks at 11 AM.
Sep 15, 2014

Training Camp Schedule

  The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their 2014-2015 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2014-2015 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the schedule on this website. Stage I - $125.00 August 15 - August 26 (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced to approximately 19 players.) Stage II - $100.00 August 26 - September 8 Training Camp Registration Form Please complete the above registration form and return prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please attach (i) a cheque dated August 15th for $125.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 26th for $100.00 payable to the Nova X-Men Hockey Association.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed.  Forms can be returned on Friday evening, August 15th at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Millennium Centre prior to the 1st session.
Jul 30, 2014

Novas Announce New Head Coach

“We were looking for a strong leader to coach our hockey team.  In Kyle MacDonald, we get an individual who knows the game and along with his experience as an assistant coach and player, makes him the right choice to lead our hockey team.  ” A 26-year old native of Inverness, NS, Kyle MacDonald played 2 seasons in the MJHL with the Charlottetown Abbies and Miramichi Timberwolves before spending 4 seasons with the Waterloo Warriors of the OUAA.  He has served as an assistant coach for 2 years with the Nova Junior X-Men in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014.
Apr 14, 2014

2014 Spring ID Camp Announced

The Nova X-Men Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding their Spring Identification Camp in April 2014. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2014-2015 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and Training Camp in August.   On-Ice Assessments:   Tuesday, April 22             6:00PM – 8:00PM     Antigonish Arena Saturday, April 26            3:30PM – 5:30PM     Antigonish Arena Sunday, April 27              3:30PM – 5:30PM     Antigonish Arena Registration Fee: $60.00 All registration forms and fees must be received prior to player participation (Tuesday, April 22). Please return registration via mail, fax or email to: Nova X-Men Hockey Association 606 Reeves Street Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2R7 Fax: (902) 863-3333 Email: novaxmenhockey@gmail.com For information, please contact: Mike Stewart                (902) 870-2156 Shane MacIsaac           (902) 867-7297 Or Email: novaxmenhockey@gmail.com PLEASE BE AWARE Under new regulations by the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League, all registration forms must be received by the Nova X-Men Hockey Association and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2014 Spring Identification Camp.  
Mar 20, 2014

X-Men Facing A Storm In The 1st Round of The Playoffs

The Nova Junior X-Men began their provincial playdown series this past weekend against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm with the winner of the best three series punching their ticket to the provincial playdowns later in the month.  “We have had a couple of really good practices this week looking to get ready for Cole Harbour, “ commented head coach Troy Chiasson.  “They are a team on the upswing - the second half of the season they have been one of the hottest teams in the league.  They play hard in all zones, and they have great goaltending.  We want to steal the first game up there but we know it’s a tough place to play - we will have to be ready!”  The fans at Cole Harbour Place weren’t disappointed as both teams played a fast-paced playoff game with great goaltending at both ends and some superb playmaking .  A scoreless first and a pair of goals traded in the second had both teams deadlocked at 1 going into the third.  Avery Warner notched the goal for the X-men in the second on the power play assisted by Kennan Gillis.  Cole Harbour grabbed the lead back early in the third, with Warner tying the game with a beautiful unassisted tally with about 5 minutes to go in the game.  The lead was short lived, however, as the Storm potted the game winner about a minute later to skate away with a 3-2 victory to take the opening game of the series.   “This was a tough one to swallow - we had the momentum in the third but it’s playoffs and anything can happen”, commented head coach Chaisson.  “We will re-group - we will be ready for them in our barn next weekend!”  Games 2 and 3 in the provincial playdown series go next weekend at the Antigonish Arena, Saturday at 5 PM, and Sunday morning at 11 AM if necessary, so come out and support the Nova Juniors as they play for a spot in the provincial playdowns.  
Mar 4, 2014

End of Regular Season

The Nova Junior X-Men were back in league action this past weekend with a home game and a road game against two of the top teams in the NSMBHL - the Bedford Barons and the Western Hurricanes.  “Generating offense has been an issue the past three weekends,“ said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “Both teams we play this weekend are very good teams and we have to try harder to get into the prime scoring areas.  We have concentrated a lot on our forecheck and pressuring the D in their zone.  Let’s see if we are successful.”  The Novas were able to put a little more offense on the board, but again dropped both contests on the weekend. At the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Saturday, the Nova Juniors battled the league-leading Bedford Barons hard for two full periods only to see the Barons notch two third period goals to close out a 5-3 X-Men defeat.   Avery Warner, Ryan MacLellan, and James Walker scored for the Novas.  Warner also tallied an assist with the other helpers provided by Spencer Barron and Logan Timmons .  On Sunday at Queens Place Arena in Liverpool, a ferocious Hurricane blitzed the Nova Juniors into an 8-3 loss.  Avery Warner, Cory MacLellan, and Riley Hudson paced the X-men offensively with helpers coming off the sticks of Spencer Barron, James Walker, and Keenan Gillis.  X-Men goaltender Peter Kopf handled the goaltending duties in both games.  “On Saturday, we were right there with the top team in the league for long stretches only to have a few breakdowns that cost us.  Sunday - a lot of mental mistakes that we need to address in the coming weeks,” said Coach Chiasson.  “Luckily we have this weekend off - a tournament next weekend and then playoffs.  We could use the rest as it has been a long season.”  NSMBHL playoffs are just around the corner and we wish the Novas the best in the upcoming weeks as they shoot for a provincial title.
Feb 11, 2014

Nova X-Men Battling For Playoff Seeding

The Nova Junior X-Men were back in league action this past weekend with a pair of home games against the Bubba Rays.  “We had a few problems generating offense last weekend, “ said coach Troy Chiasson.  “ We knew this weekend would be rough again - th Rays are strong defensively.  They don’t let you get a lot of great chances so we really have to bear down and play our game in order to be successful.”  Unfortunately, for the second weekend in a row, goal scoring was at a premium for the Nova Junior Squad in both games, again  managing three goals on the weekend.  At the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Saturday, the Nova Juniors played hard but could only muster the single tally from Spencer Barron (assisted by Avery Warner), losing to the Rays 3-1 on an empty net goal.  On Sunday, again at the PHCC, two quick goals from the Rays near the end of the second was to much for the sputtering Novas offence, as the teams traded goals in the third enroute to a 5-2 final score.  Braden Murray and Francis Boyle potted the goals for the Novas with the single assist coming from Cory MacLellan on the Murray goal. X-Men goaltender Peter Kopf handled the goaltending duties in both games.  “We certainly didn’t push the pace this weekend again”, said Coach Chiasson.  “We had some bad giveaways and they resulted in goals.  So, as a team, we have to work on a few things again in our own zone.”  The Nova Junior squad are on the road the next two weekends with some important games in the HRM and the Valley, important games for the standings as playoffs in the NSMBHL are just around the corner.
Jan 26, 2014

X-Men Drop Two In A Row To The Cougars

The Nova Junior X-Men were back in league action this past weekend with a home and home against the Breton Sport Cougars.  “We played well in the Ice Jam, and have been feeling pretty good about our game, “ said coach Troy Chiasson.  “ We knew this weekend would be rough especially with the way this team has been playing all year.  The fact that we bested them in the Jam means they are going to be gunning for us and we have to be ready.”  Unfortunately, the offence again seemed to elude the Nova Junior Squad in both games this weekend, only managing three goals in two games.  At the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Saturday, the Nova Juniors built a 3-2 lead late into the second, when two quick Cape Breton near the last minute of the second sent the Novas reeling, with the Cape Breton squad potting three more in the third for a 7-3 final.  James Walker, Cory MacLellan, and Jacob Hudson notched the X-Men goals with Walker, Blair Fraser, Ryan MacLellan, and Logan Timmons adding the helpers.  The Second game saw the Novas fail to find the back of the net resulting in a 5-0 loss.  X-Men goaltender Peter Kopf handled the goaltending duties in both games.  “We certainly didn’t have our best weekend”, said Coach Chiasson.  “I felt that as a team, we have to learn how to tighten some things up when our offence isn’t clicking.”  The Nova Junior squad return to league action this following weekend with a pair of home outings against the second place Bubba Rays.  Both games take place at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Saturday at 5 PM and SUnday afternoon at 4 PM.
Jan 20, 2014

2014 Ice Jam

The past weekend saw the Nova Junior X-Men take part in the 2nd Annual Chronicle-Herald East Coast Ice Jam in Halifax, pitting some of the best Major Bantam and Major Midget teams against each other in an intense 4 day affair.   “We have been coming off a couple of good league wins, and I felt the boys were really playing some good hockey,” said coach Troy Chiasson.  “ We knew the weekend would be tough and we needed to dig down and keep playing the same way”.  Unfortunately, the offence seemed to elude the Nova Junior Squad the first two games in the tournament, losing to NB Leon’s Canadiens 2-0 and the Breton Sport Cougars 5-1, with Logan Timmons notching the only goal of the two games.  The Nova Junior X-Men finally got on the right side of the win column against the Canadian Tire Dieppe Bantam Flyers 6-5 - Spencer Barron scored twice for the X-men, with single contributions from Kennan Gillis, Avery Warner, Cory MacLellan, and James Walker.   Peter Kopf handled the goaltending for games 1 and 3, while Colton Ellis was in the pipes for game 2.  Despite the 1-2 record, the Novas managed to squeak into the playoff rounds and beat league rivals the Breton Sport Cougars 5-4 in the elimination playoff, and the Western Hurricanes 4-0 in the quarterfinals, before a shootout loss to the Dartmouth Whalers eliminated them from the championship game.  Jacob Hudson placed the attack in the elimination round game with two goals, while Avery Warner, Logan Timmons, and James walker added singles.  Warner and Walker each found the back of the net once in the quarterfinal and semifinal games with Fearghus MacDonald and Cory MacLellan also adding singles in both games to round out the scoring.  X-Men goaltender Colton Ellis handled the goaltending duties in the playoff rounds.  “We played pretty well”, said Coach Chiasson.  “The first two games were some tough teams and I felt that as a team, we picked our game up a lot in the second half of the tournament.   We learned a lot of things that we will take back into our league play next weekend, and we are going to need them as this is a great, competitive league.”  The Nova Junior squad return to league action this following weekend with a pair of outings against the Breton Sport Cougars; game time for the home half of the weekend is Saturday, January 18, 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Jan 14, 2014

NSMBHL Player of The Week

Colten recorded his second and third shutout of the season and boasts a 2.08 GAA with a 9-3 record.  His play this past weekend and all season is a big part of the on-ice success of the X Men.  Colten has also represented Nova Scotia in the  Under 14 High Performance Program and was again a key component in winning gold in the Atlantic Challenge Cup this past October. For his efforts this past weekend, COLTEN ELLIS is named "Player of the Week" in the NSMBHL for December 30, 2013 to January 05, 2014.  
Jan 8, 2014

X-Men Earn 5 Out of 6 Points

The Nova Junior X-Men started the New Year with three games this past weekend against the Truro Bearcats and the Scotsburn Crushers.  “The boys have really  played some great hockey in the first half of the year,” said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “The coaching staff knew we had the players to compete with the best in the province - the guys just needed to start believing in themselves and they would be successful”.  The Nova Juniors have been on a tear since losing 4 of their first 6, and rolled into the New Year having earned points in 12 of their last 15 games.  At the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro on Thursday, the Nova Juniors and the Bearcats were scoreless through two scored before James Walker and Braden Murray popped two goals a couple of minutes apart to open the scoring.  Kennan Gillis added a late game insurance marker in the third to cement a 3-0 victory.  Assisting on the goals were Blair Fraser, Craig Ryan, Spencer Barron, and Calum MacPherson.  The teams battled again on Saturday at the keating Centre Auxiliary Rink; this time the X-Men opened the scoring in the first with three and added 1 each in the second and third en route to a 5-0 final.  Logan Timons scored twice for the Nova Juniors with single markers going to Spencer Barron, James Walker, and Craig Ryan.  Blair Fraser led the way in the assists department with 2; single helpers were credited to Francis Boyle and Calum MacPherson.  Colton Ellis picked up both shutout victories against the Bearcats.     On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad faced the Scotsburn Crushers team also at the Keating Centre Auxiliary.  The game was scoreless until midway through the second when the Crusher took a 1-0 lead, only to see it evaporate with three quick X-Men goals early in the third.  The Crushers didn’t give up and battled hard to come out with a 3-3 tie.  Scoring in rapid fire succession for the X-men were Craig Ryan, Fearghus MacDonald, and James Walker; assisting on the tallies were Francis Boyle, Avery Warner, Braden Murray, and Ryan MacLellan.  Peter Kopf handled the goaltending duties in Sunday’s contest. “For us this weekend, just getting back into the swing of things, I was a little worried about the ‘turkey legs’.  But the boys responded incredibly well,” commented Coach Troy Chaisson.  “Except for a 20 minute stretch in the Pictou game, I thought we played some of our best hockey of the year in all three zones”.  The Nova Juniors next see league action on January 18 and 19 with a home and home against the Breton Sport Cougars, with the X-Men home game taking place Saturday evening at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Jan 5, 2014

Xmas Tree Draw

The winner of the Nova X-Men Xmas Tree Draw this year was Corinne Smith of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Corrine's Xmas Tree was decorated with $500 worth of gift cards from local businesses.
Dec 31, 2013

X-Men Earn Three Points At Home

The Nova Junior squad were back in action this weekend with a pair of home games at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre against the Western Hurricanes and the Newbridge Senators.  “We have been playing well as a team the past few weekends,” said head coach  Troy Chaisson.  “Over the past month, we learned that as a team we have to stay disciplined in order to be successful.  This weekend will be a good test to see how far we have progressed, as we have to do our best against two very scrappy teams if we want to advance in the standings.”     On Saturday, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Western Hurricanes struck early in the first and midway through the third to take a 2-0 lead.  Braden Murray got the Nova Juniors on the board just after the 10 minute mark of the third with an unassisted tally and X-Men leading scorer Avery Warner knotted the game at 2 (assisted by Kenzie Melanson and Spencer Barron) just over two minutes later.  Both teams pressed hard to take the lead but neither team was able to break the 2-2 deadlock.  X-Men goaltender Colton Ellis withstood a late period surge by the Hurricanes to allow the Nova Juniors to grab a hard earned point.   On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad faced the Newbridge Senators in an afternoon contest at the PHCC.  The Nova Juniors jumped out to an early 1-0 first period lead when Cory MacLellan converted the feed from Spencer Barron.  The Senators scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead into the third period before the Nova Juniors exploded with four third period goals to put the game away.  Spencer Barron potted the Nova’s second and third goals with the assists going to Cory MacLellan, Logan Timmons, Keenan Gillis, and Avery Warner.  Warner, Cory MacLellan, and Barron combined for the go-ahead goal late in the third and Craig Ryan sealed the victory about a minute later with the assist going to Callum MacPherson.  Peter Kopf put in a solid performance to backstop the Novas in the come from behind victory.  “This weekend we needed to get the four points if we wanted to move up in the standings” offered head Coach Troy Chiasson.  “We came away with three but in both games this weekend, we showed a high compete level.  Sunday we seemed to be a bit snakebitten - we had our chances early, and they didn’t go in.  The fact we were able to dig down and get the W, I think, shows how much we have progressed as a team.  We are getting contributions team wide - and they aren’t all showing up on the scoresheet - guys are blocking shots, staying strong defensively, and in general doing all the small things a team needs to do be successful.”  The Nova Juniors entertain the second place Bubba Rays next weekend with a pair of home games on Saturday evening at 5 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2 PM; both contests will take place at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Dec 9, 2013

X-Men On A Roll

The Nova Junior X-men were back in action this past weekend after taking part in the ESSO Atlantic Major Bantam Hockey Tournament in Halifax the previous weekend.  “We have been playing so much better of late, the boys were up to the challenge of facing the top teams in the Atlantic Region”, said head coach Troy Chiasson.  The Nova Juniors went 3-1 in the round robin before a heartbreaking triple OT loss in the quarter finals eliminated them from the tournament.  “It was a tough one to take - to battle so hard and to just miss moving on in the playoff round,” said Coach Chaisson.  “With such a tough weekend at the ESSO tourney, we decided to give the boys a bit of rest and let them recharge a bit - we will be back and ready for league play.”  The Nova Juniors did seem reenergized and razor sharp as they thumped both their opponents this weekend, posting a 7-1 victory against the Kings Mutual Wildcats on Saturday evening at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and a 9-2 victory against the Scotsburn Crushers on Sunday in New Glasgow.  Pacing the attack on Saturday was Avery Warner with a 5 point effort (3G and 2A).  Rounding out the scoring were Spencer Barron, Braden Murray, Cory MacLellan, and James Walker.  Blair Fraser notched a pair of helpers, with single assists contributed by Ryan MacLellan, Fearghus MacDonald, Keenan Gillis, and Nicholas Deagle.  In Sunday’s game, the Nova’s offense was powered by a 6 point effort from Warner (3G, 3A) and a 5 point contribution from Cory MacLellan (2G, 3A).  Braden Murray added a pair of goals, Kennan Gillis added a goal and an assist, while James Walker added a single marker.  Nicholas Deagle and Ryan MacLellan rounded out the scoring with an assist each.  “I am really pleased with the way we have come together in the past number of weekends weekends.  It’s fun to watch and I invite everyone to come out and see the great hockey being played by these young men.”  The Nova Junior squad return to league action this weekend with a pair of home games at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, facing off against the Western Hurricanes on Saturday, December 7 at 5 PM, and on Sunday against the Newbridge Senators at 2 PM.
Dec 2, 2013

Former Nova X-Men Named To U-17 Team Atlantic

Former Nova X-Men Colby Tower and Blade Mann-Dixon have been recently named as members of Team Atlantic in the Under-17 World Hockey Championships.  Tower, from Troy, and Mann-Dixon, from Antigonish, were both team leaders and NSMBHL All-Stars when they played for the Nova X-Men.  Both are currently playing for the Valley Wildcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.  The U-17 World Hockey Championships are being hosted in Cape Breton this year from December 28 - January 4. U-17 World Hockey Championship
Dec 1, 2013

Nova X-Men Win At Home

For the first time in a very long time, the Nova Junior X-men were back in their home rinks for a pair of weekend games.  After a slow start to the season with just two wins in their first 6 games, the Nova Junior squad has been on a bit of a roll sporting 8 wins, 2 losses, and a tie in their last 11 games.  “After those first few games, the coaching staff has worked hard with the boys on those little aspects of the game that are make or break.  I think we are really gelling as a team and it is definitely starting to show,”  said head coach Troy Chiasson.  On Saturday evening at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, The Nova Junior X-men battled the Scotsburn Crushers; the score was deadlocked at 2-2 and 4-4 after the first two frames before the Nova X-men fired two unanswered markers in the third to ice a 6-4 victory over their arch rivals.  The Nova Junior squad were led by the four point efforts of Cory Maclellan (1G, 3A) and Avery Warner (4 A).  Fearghus MacDonald had a goal and an assist with single markers coming off the stick of Lucas Fabijancic, Ryan MacLellan, and Jacob Hudson.  Nicholas Deagle rounded out the scoring with an assist.  Peter Kopf picked up the win in nets.  On Sunday, the Nova Junior squad jumped on the board quickly against the ACCEL Hawks at the Keating Millennium, and skated away with a 6-1 victory. Warner and MacLellan again led the charge with Warner garnering another 4 point afternoon (1G, 3A) and MacLellan adding a goal and two assists for a three point effort.  Logan Timmons fired two goals, while Spencer Barron picked up a goal and an assist.  Craig Ryan chipped in with a goal, with single assists going to Lucas Fabijancic, Kenzie Melanson, Nicholas Deagle, Andrew Boyle, and Calum MacPherson.  Colton Ellis was solid in the pipes for the win.  “Over the past four weeks, we really have been coming together as a team.  Our confidence is increasing, we are playing better in both ends of the rink, and we are becoming more comfortable in a lot of situations where we struggled early in the season; I think it showed this weekend where we able to grab 4 big points”, said Coach Chaisson.  The Nova Juniors will be back on the road again competing in the ESSO Atlantic Major Bantam Tournament in Halifax from November 21-24, 2013.  The Junior X-Men return to league action the following weekend with a home game against Kings Mutual Wildcats; puck drop is slated for 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on November 30.
Nov 18, 2013

X-Men Weather a Home & Home with The Harbour Storm

The Nova Junior X-men, having grabbed 4 huge points the previous weekend, were looking to make make it another 4 point weekend with a home and home against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm.  “Last weekend was huge for the boys - we had a good week, worked on a few more things that should help us down the road, and talked about continuing to build momentum,” said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “When you start to get on a roll, your opponents will dig down just a little deeper, and we have to be ready for that.”  On Saturday afternoon at the Antigonish Arena, the the Junior X-Squad roared out of the gate in front of a large, boisterous Arena crowd to take an early 3-0 lead, only to see the lead evaporate as the Harbour Storm played tough and knotted the game at three midway through the second frame.  The Nova Junior Squad found their scoring touch again and fired three unanswered goals to come out with a 6-3 victory.  Keenan Gillis and Avery Warner paced the attack with a goal and an assis.  Single markers were added by Ryan MacLellan, Kenzie Melanson, James Walker, and X-Men leading scorer Spencer Barron; Cory MacLellan and Jacob Hudson rounded out the scoring with an assist each.  Colton Ellis tended the cage in Saturday’s contest.  On Sunday afternoon, the Nova Junior squad enjoyed a 3-1 lead early in the second, only to have the the Harbor Storm again claw their way back twice in the contest enroute to a 5-5 draw.  Leading the way in the scoring department for the Nova X-Squad was Spencer Barron with two goals and an assist, while Logan Timmons notched a goal and a helper.  Keenan Gillis and Andrew Boyle fired a goal each, and Avery Warner, Calum MacPherson, James Walker, and Ryan MacLellan.  Peter Kopf handled the netminding duties for Sunday’s game.  “Last weekend when the boys grabbed the four points - it was a great confidence booster,” said Coach Chaisson.  “This weekend we learned a valuable lesson about teamwork and systems - we managed to get 3 out of 4 points, but I think the boys know that every team will start to play us a little harder now, and we always have to be ready!” The Nova Juniors next see action this weekend in their home rinks with a Saturday contest against the Breton Sport Cougars; puck drops at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Nov 4, 2013

Warner Leads Team To Victories with Two Hat Tricks

The Nova Junior X-men back on the road this past weekend looking to build to improve on the previous weekend’s results.  “Last weekend, the coaching staff felt we had played well both days,” said head coach Troy Chiasson. “We had some lapses that cost us on Saturday and we were determined not to repeat them on Sunday, which thankfully we didn’t.  We just need to be able to string together two games like Sunday, keep focussing on the making the simple plays to win games, and not letting up!”  On Saturday evening in East Hants, the Nova Junior Squad took an early 1-0 lead only to fall behind 3-1 on some miscues early in the second.  The Novas found their game midway through the second and roared back with 5 unanswered goals to dump the Newbridge Senators 6-3.  Pacing the attack for the Novas was Avery Warner with a hat trick, with single markers coming from the sticks of Braden Murray, Calum MacPherson, and Logan Timmons.  Fearghus MacDonald and Spencer Barron each netted two assists.  Logan Timmons also chipped in with an assist; the remaining helpers came off the sticks of Cory MacLellan and  Craig Ryan.  On Sunday at the Sackville Sports Stadium, the offence kept on clicking as the X-Men thumped the Senators 8-2.  Avery Warner and Riley Hudson were the big marksman on the day with Warner netting his second hat trick of the weekend to go along with two helpers, and Hudson potting two goals and two assists.  Cory MacLellan, Kennan Gillis, and James Walker each contributed a goal and an assist, Fearghus MacDonald added another two assists, and Spencer Barron, Logan Timmons, and Lucas Fabijancic  added single markers.  Colten Ellis and Peter Kopf both played well in earning the victories.   “Last weekend the boys after grabbed that W on Sunday - it was a great confidence booster,” said Coach Chaisson.  “This weekend, the coaching staff saw that  confidence growing.  We tightened some things up in the neutral zone and really played hard in both ends of the rink.  Their efforts really showed up on the scoreboard.  I am really happy for the boys, ” Coach Chaisson offered.  The Nova Juniors take on the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm next next weekend in a home and home series; puck drop for the Nova’s home game is 2 PM at the Antigonish Arena.
Oct 28, 2013

Finally Home!

The Nova Junior X-men were finally back on home turf after a long string of road games to start the 2013-14 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League Schedule.  “It’s hard to believe we haven’t actually played in our home rinks in almost a month,”  said head coach Troy Chiasson. “We battled hard against some of the top teams in the league, faced a little adversity on the injury front, and I thought we grew as a team.  I really feel that our fortunes are going to turn around!”  Unfortunately for the Junior X-Men, home ice advantage didn’t mean much on Saturday evening as the Junior X squad dropped a 2-1 decision to the Western Hurricanes.   James Walker got the home squad on the board in the first period assisted by Cory MacLellan, but the Hurricanes potted both their goals in the second and battened down the hatches to prevent the Nova Juniors from getting a point.  Colton Ellis played a solid game in a losing cause.  On Sunday, the Junior X-Men were back on the road again against the rival Truro Bearcats, and grabbed a 4-0 lead before that they rode to a 4-1 victory. Avery Warner and Cory MacLellan handled the goal scoring for the Novas with two apiece; Spencer Barron added two assists and Logan Timmons added the extra helper.  Peter Kopf played strong in the cage for Sunday’s contest.  “We had a strange weekend,” said Coach Chaisson.  “We were excited to get home in front of our fans, yet we ended up being flat for long stretches.  A couple of minor mistakes and it really hurts you against a team that’s surging like the Hurricanes.  Back on the road on Sunday, we had more jump!  Sometimes the hockey gods are funny beasts!“  The Nova Juniors see action next weekend on October 26th and 27th when they again face the Newbridge Senators for a pair of games in the HRM; they return home the next weekend for a game at the Antigonish Arena on Saturday November 2nd at 2 PM.    
Oct 21, 2013

Nova X-Men Earn Four Points On The Road

The Nova Junior X-men continued to play the role of road warriors this past weekend as they travelled to the Annapolis Valley for a pair of games against the Kings Mutual Wildcats.  “Going into the weekend, we knew we had to step it up a bit, and play better as a team.  The coaching staff challenged the boys not to let up at all.  In every game, even if we are down by a few goals you have to battle right to the end,” head coach Troy Chiasson offered.  “This week we spent some time trying to tighten up a few things defensively - little things that can mean the difference between a win and a loss.  We are confident that this team is coming together and this weekend will be a great test”.   The Junior X-Men’s hard work resulted in a pair of road victories against the Wildcats on the weekend to even their record at 4 and 4.  On Saturday evening at the Kings Mutual Centre in Berwick, the Nova Junior blanked the Wildcats by a 4-0 score.  Morgan Timmons paced the attack with two goals, while Cory MacLellan and Spencer Barron each had a goal and an assist; James Walker, Keenan Gillis, Braden Murray, and Jacob Hudson all supplied single helpers.  Colton Ellis picked up the shutout in the Saturday evening matchup.  On Sunday morning, trailing 3-1 late into the third period, the Nova Junior squad rattled off three unanswered goals, with the game winning goal coming with 33 seconds left in the game, to defeat the Wildcats 4-3.  Cory MacLellan and Spencer Barron each had three point efforts with Barron potting two goals and an assist, and MacLellan adding three assists. Rounding out the X-Men scoring were Braden Murray with a goal and an assist, and James Walker and Jacob Hudson each being credited with assists.  Peter Kopf handled the goaltending chores for Sunday’s game.  “All in all, I think the boys took last weekend’s games to heart,” said Coach Chiasson.  “They played a solid game on Saturday and dug down deep on Sunday to come back and take the two points.  Our effort level was much more consistent and the coaching staff is really pleased with the way the boys are playing as a team.”  The Nova Juniors next see action on October 19th when they take on the Western Hurricanes at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 5 PM.    
Oct 8, 2013

Nova X-Men Continue To Develop On The Road

The Nova Junior X-men took to the road again this past weekend for a pair of games against one of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam League’s top teams, the Bedford Barons.  “Going into the weekend, we knew we were in for a battle since this team has been rolling since the start of the season,”  head coach Troy Chiasson offered.  “We have been working hard trying to focus on those little things that can mean the difference between a win and a loss.  It’s coming together - this weekend will be a great test.”   Despite the Junior X-Men’s valiant efforts, the Barons came up victorious in both contests.  On Saturday evening at the BMO Centre in Bedford, the Nova Juniors played a strong game and held a one goal advantage against the Barons until late in the third when the wheels came off with two goals in 20 seconds to give Bedford a 4-3 victory.  Finding the back of the net for the Junior X-men were from Logan Timmons, Spencer Barron, and James Walker; Timmons added an assist, while Cory Maclellan and Avery Warner chipped in with a pair of helpers.  Colton Ellis took the loss in Saturday’s contest.  On Sunday morning, again in the inhospitable confines of the BMO Centre, the Bedford squad showed why they are close to the top of the league and handed the Nova Junior squad a disappointing 8-1 setback.   Spencer Barron notched the lone marker on the power play for the Nova Juniors with the helper going to Cory MacLellan.  Peter Kopf handled the goaltending chores for Sunday’s game.  “It was a tough weekend for the boys - seems that we never really got over blowing the late lead the day before,” said Coach Chaisson.  “All in all, we found out why this team is near the top of the league. They play hard in all areas of the ice!  They are fast and skilled, and they never let up.  As for our team, we are young, and we are still learning about what it takes to contend with the best in the league.”  The Nova Juniors continue to play the role of road warriors next weekend when head to the Valley to take on Kings Mutual for a pair of games.  They don’t see their home barns again until October 19th, when they square off against the Western Hurricanes at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 5 PM.
Sep 30, 2013

Second Weekend Second Split

The Nova Junior X-men rolled into the second week of the 2013-14 having split last weekend’s series with the Dartmouth Whalers.  “We are looking to build on the positives from last weekend”, head coach Troy Chiasson offered.  “We know we need to stay out of the box, and we worked hard on our special teams this week.  It’s early in the season, and our coaching staff is really positive about the team”.  On Saturday at the Halifax Forum, the Junior X-Men got on the board early against the ACCEL Halifax Hawks when Spencer Barron blasted the mesh assisted by Braden Murray.  The Hawks tied the game late in the first and it stayed knotted at 1 until late in the second when Fearghus MacDonald potted an unassisted goal.  Avery Warner scored the Nova Jr. X Men's third goal of the game and tacked on another in the third from Ryan MacLellan and Logan Timmons to pace his team to a 4-2 victory.  On Sunday morning again at the Halifax Forum, The Junior X squad built a 2-1 lead after 1, but the Bubba Rays fired three unanswered goals en route to a 6-3 final.  Spencer Barron had a three point game with a goal and two assists; Braden Murray notched a goal and an assist, while single helpers went to Logan Timmons and Cory MacLellan. Colton Ellis handled the goaltending chores for Saturday’s game and Peter Kopf was in the pipes for Sunday’s contest.  “We found out on Sunday that we need to stay out of the box - our penalty kill was fine, but it wears you down when you have to kill a lot”, said Coach Chiasson.  “We also learned that other teams will capitalize on our mistakes, and when those other teams have some good firepower, we need to keep the turnovers way down.  This will be addressed this week”.  The Nova Juniors next see action in the HRM on September 28th and 29th with a pair of games against the Bedford Barons.  The Junior X-Men don’t see home ice again until October 19th when they play the Western Hurricanes at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Sep 23, 2013

Nova X-Men 1-1-0 In Weekend Action

The Nova Junior X-men opened the 2013-14 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League season on home ice with a pair of games against the Dartmouth Whalers.  On Saturday evening at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Junior X-squad opened the score early when Spencer Barron potted an unassisted marker.  The Whalers evened the score soon afterwards and took advantage of some X-Men miscues to build a 2-1 lead after 1.  The X-men fought hard against a determined Whalers squad but came out with 4-2 loss.  Cory MacLellan scored the only other goal for the Nova Junior squad with the assists going to Spencer Barron and Calum MacPherson.  Peter Kopf put in a solid effort in the loss.  On Sunday afternoon at the Keating Millennium Centre Auxiliary, the Junior X-Men brought forth a very spirited effort, taking an early 2-0 lead against the Whalers in a fast-paced affair, and sailed past the Whalers with a 4-2 win.  Logan Timmons and Spencer Barron each had a goal and an assist with single markers going to Avery Warner and Cory MacLellan; Andrew Boyle and Craig Ryan each picked up a helper.  Colten Ellis was in pipes for Sunday’s contest.  “This weekend was about coming together as a team.  As with the beginning of every season, we made mistakes and learned how to play a little better as a team”, said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “We let down a little in the first game against the Whalers and it cost us.  We didn’t let up at all on Sunday Dartmouth and we came out with the 2 points.  The coaching staff had a good chance to see what we need to work on to become successful, and the boys are eager to learn.  We saw a lot of positives on the weekend; we think it will be a good season.”  Team President Shane MacIsaac was delighted with the number of fans who showed up to watch the games in both rinks.  “This really is showcase hockey for this age group - it’s fast, intense, and the players are skilled.  It’s great to see the league is growing”.  The Nova Juniors are on the road the next three weekends and are not back on home ice untilOctober 19th when they take on the Western Hurricanes at the PHCC. 
Sep 16, 2013

2013-2014 Season Opens This Weekend!

The 2013-2014 season in the Nova Scotia Major Banatm Hockey League opens this weekend for the Nova X-Men with two games at home against the Dartmouth Whalers.  Game times are at 5:00PM Saturday, September 14th at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and 2:00PM Sunday, September 15th at the Keating Millennium Centre.  Much like the Nova X-Men the majority of the players on the Whalers roster are new to the League; Dartmouth returning only five players from last season.  With the Nova X-Men finalizing their roster over a week ago, the team, Coach Chiasson and his coaching staff are eager to get the season underway and to see how they measure up against the rest of the League.
Sep 11, 2013

Training Camp Schedule

  The Nova Junior X-Men Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their 2013-2014 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2013-2014 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the schedule on this website. Stage I - $125.00 August 16 - August 25 (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced to approximately 20 players.) Stage II - $100.00 August 26 - September 8 Training Camp Registration Form Please complete the above registration form and return prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please attach (i) a cheque dated August 16th for $125.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 26th for $100.00 payable to the Nova X-Men Hockey Association.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed.  Forms can be returned on Friday evening, August 16th at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Millennium Centre prior to the 1st session.
Aug 10, 2013

Former X-Men Drafted By QMJHL Team

The Nova X-Men would like to congratulate former team members Bradley Kennedy and Colby Tower for their selection in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Draft this past weekend. Kennedy, from Antigonish, who played in the inaugural season of the X-Men (2010-2011) was drafted by the Charlottetown Islanders in the 3rd Round, 54th overall.  Tower, from Troy and former team captain, who played for the team for two years (2010-2011 & 2011-2012) was drafted in the 5th round, 88th overall, by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Jun 9, 2013

2013 Spring ID Camp Announced

The Nova Junior X-Men Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding a Spring Identification Camp in April 2013. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2013-2014 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and Training Camp in August.   On-Ice Assessments: Tuesday, April 9           7:00PM – 8:50PM Keating Millennium Centre Thursday, April 11        7:00PM – 8:50PM Antigonish Arena Tuesday, April 16         7:00PM – 8:50PM Keating Millennium Centre Wednesday, April 17    7:30PM – 8:50PM Antigonish Arena Tuesday, April 23         7:00PM – 8:50PM Keating Millennium Centre Thursday, April 25        7:00PM – 8:50PM Keating Millennium Centre Strength & Fitness Testing: Thursday, April 11        6:00PM – 6:30PM Antigonish Arena Wednesday, April 17    6:30PM – 7:00PM Antigonish Arena Thursday, April 25        6:00PM – 6:30PM Keating Millennium Centre Registration Fee: $100.00 All registration forms and fees must be received prior to player participation (Tuesday, April 9). Please return registration & fee to: Nova Junior X-Men Hockey Team 606 Reeves Street Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2R7 For information, please contact: Email: novaxmenhockey@gmail.com Troy Chiasson               (902) 224-7236 Mike Stewart               (902) 870-2156 Shane MacIsaac           (902) 867-7297  
Mar 15, 2013

Playoffs!

 The Nova Junior X-Men began their provincial playdown series this past weekend against the Bedford Mobil One Barons with the winner of the best three series punching their ticket to the provincial playdowns in North Sydney in the second week of March.  “We have had a couple of really good practices this week looking to get ready for Bedford, “ commented coaches Mike Stewart and Remi Chiasson.  “We know what we need to do to beat Bedford - starting the game in our home barn should give us a little momentum.  Hopefully, we can pick up the win here and then finish it off next weekend in Halifax!”.  The Nova Juniors came out of the gate on fire and took an early 1-0 lead when Luke MacKinnon fired blast past the Bedford netminder assisted by Axel Poirier and Keenan Gillis.  The teams traded a lot of quality chances until the Barons fired two quick goals to end the period with a 2-1 lead.  Josh Stewart knotted the game at two in the second period when he fired a power play marker assisted by Dawson MacLean.  Both teams continued to press for the tie breaker in regulation with both X-Men goaltender Trent Wilkie and Barons netminder Lukasz Kolanko making a number of key saves to keep their team in the game.  Regulation solved nothing and a few stellar early chances for both teams resulted in a goal by the Barons and a disappointing home loss for the X-men.  “This was a tough one to swallow - any OT loss is tough”, commented head coach Mike Stewart. Coach Remi Chiasson added “We will re-group.  We have a couple of days this weeks to get the boys rolling and they will be ready for next weekend”.  Games 2 and 3 in the provincial playdown series go next weekend at the BMO Centre in Bedford on Saturday and Sunday.  
Feb 25, 2013

Scotsburn Memorial Weekend

The Nova Junior X-Men were back in action this past weekend participating in the Scotsburn Memorial Tournament looking to shore up a berth in the upcoming provincial playdowns.  On Thursday February 14, the Nova Junior squad fell to the ACCEL Hawks 2-1 with Avery Warner getting the only marker assisted by Josh Stewart and Dawson MacLean.  Andrew MacIsaac kicked out 23 saves in the loss.  On Friday, the Nova Juniors topped the league leading Breton Sport Cougars 5-1.  Dawson MacLean led the charge for the X-Men with 2 goals and an assist, while Colin Hebb, Shawn Gould, and Seamus Brophy rounded out the scoring.  Gould also netted an assist; Declan Smith notched a couple of helpers, and single assists were credited to Mark Kennedy, Luke MacKinnon, Avery Walker, and James Walker.   The Nova Junior squad needed a victory in Saturday’s match against the Bedford Mobile One Barons to advance to the semis, but they came up short in a tough 5-3 loss.   Avery Warner notched all three goals for the Nova Junior squad; Shawn Gould notched two assists and Josh Stewart, Dawson macLean, Mark Kennedy, and Declan Smith rounded out the scoring with an assist each.  Ben Stephens was tagged with the loss.  “This weekend we matched up well playing one of the best teams in the province.  We need to remember to play that same way in every game and we will have success deep into the playoffs”, commented head coach Mike Stewart.  The Nova Juniors begin their provincial playdowns next weekend - details were unavailable at press time.  
Feb 18, 2013

X-Men Drop Two On The Road

 The Nova Junior X-Men were back in action this past weekend with a couple of road games in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.  The Nova Juniors, one of the  hottest team in the league over the past two months, were looking to move up in the standings to help their playoff positioning.  At the East Hants Sportsplex on Saturday, the Nova Junior squad fell to the Newbridge Senators 7-4.  Finding the back of the net for the Nova Juniors were Luke MacKinnon, Shawn Gould, Colin Hebb, and Avery Warner.  Dawson MacLean chipped in with a couple of helpers, while single assists were credited to Declan Smith, Riley Bance, and Kennan Gillis.  X-Men goaltender Andrew MacIsaac was tagged with the loss.   Things didn’t go much better for the Nova Junior Squad on Sunday at the Berwick Apple Dome as the Nova Juniors fell to the Kings Mutual Wildcats 7-3.   Avery Warner led the scoring for the Nova Juniors with three assists; Dawson MacLean, Josh Stewart, and James Walker each potted single goals, while single helpers came off the sticks of Mark Kennedy, Shawn Gould, and Axel Poirier.  Jordan Richards was in the pipes for the loss.  “This weekend we learned that in order to be a great team, and to keep moving up in the standings, you have to keep battling. We had some bad bounces on the weekend, but the boys didn’t quit,” commented assistant coach Remi Chiasson. The Nova Juniors return to the Keating Millennium Centre for two home games taking on the Western Hurricanes on Saturday, February 9 at 5 PM, and the Bubba Rays on February 10 at 1 PM.  
Feb 4, 2013

X-Men Draw Even With The Storm

 The Nova Junior X-Men were back in their home rinks for a pair of games with the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm.  The Nova Juniors were looking to build on an impressive stretch of games in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League, with only two losses in their their last 15 games.  “The  boys have really been on a roll lately,” said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “We have been on a good run since the end of October, and we hope to keep the streak alive this weekend.”  At the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Saturday evening, the Nova Juniors fired two in the first to take a 2-0 lead.  The Nova X-men rattled off three more in the second and two more in the third to cement a convincing 7-0 victory.  Several of the Nova Juniors had multi-point games including Avery Warner and Dawson MacLean with a four point night (two goals and a two helpers), Shawn Gould with a three point effort (a goal and two assists), Axel Poirier and Declan Smith with two point efforts (a goal and an assist), while Josh Stewart and Travis Mrazek each chipped in with a pair of helpers.  Colin Hebb  rounded out the scoring for the X-Men with an assist.  X-Men goaltender Trent Wilkie was solid in the pipes, turning aside 42 shots for the shutout.   On Sunday at the Keating Millennium Centre, the Nova Junior Squad couldn’t seem to find the back of the net and fell to the Harbour Storm 2-0.  Daniel Liengme was tagged with the loss, despite putting in a solid 27 save performance.  “For us this weekend, it was a learning experience about how to mentally prepare for each game,” commented Coach Troy Chaisson.  “The boys put on a display on Saturday, but we could not put together that same intensity and focus against the same team the next day.”  The Nova Juniors next see action on February 02 and 03 when they play a pair of road games against the Newbridge Senators and the Kings Mutual Wildcats; they return to the Keating Centre the following weekend.
Jan 20, 2013

Happy New Year!

 The Nova Junior X-Men started the New Year on the road with a pair of games this past weekend against the ACCEL Halifax Hawks and the Scotsburn Crushers.  “The  boys have really shown what they are capable of before Christmas:, said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “The coaching staff knew what we had this year - the guys just needed to start believing in themselves and we they would be successful”.  The Nova Juniors have been on a tear since the latter part of October, with only two losses in their their last 13 games.   At the Halifax Civic Centre on Saturday evening, Avery Warner kicked it off against the Hawks with the only goal of the first period with the assist going to Shawn Gould.  The second period belonged completely to the Nova Junior squad as they rattled off three unanswered goals to take a 4-0 lead into the third.  Scoring for the X-men in the second frame Declan Smith, Mark Kennedy, and Shawn Gould with the helpers provided by Avery Warner, Dawson MacLean, and Keenan Gillis.  In the third, the Nova Junior Squad potted two more to seal a 6-2 victory.  Shawn Gould notched his second of the game while Dawson MacLean potted the final X-men tally; assisting on the last two Nova Junior goals were Declan Smith, Josh Stewart, and Avery Warner.  X-Men goaltender Trent Wilkie was solid in the pipes for the win.   On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad faced the Scotsburn Crushers team at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium.  The Nova Junior squad potted the only goal of the first period - a power play marker by Declan Smith assisted by Josh Stewart and Dawson MacLean.  Both teams battled hard through a scoreless second period, and traded goals in the early part of the third with Nova Junior goal coming off the stick of Avery Warner assisted by Axel Poirier.  The teams continued to battle throughout the third when Mark Kennedy put the game away with an empty net goal assisted by Dawson MacLean.  Daniel Liengme picked up the win in the cage.  “For us this weekend, just getting back into the swing of things where some of the other teams had some games last weekend, I was a little worried about the ‘turkey legs’.  But the boys responded incredibly well,” commented Coach Troy Chaisson.  The Nova Juniors next see action on January 19 and 20 when they host a doubleheader against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm.  Game times will be Saturday evening on the 19th at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and a 1 PM start on the 20th at the Keating Millennium Centre.
Jan 14, 2013

Wildcat Weekend

 The Nova Junior X-Men were back in action this weekend with a pair of home games against the Kings Mutual Wildcats.  “This is a team we are chasing in the standings, and all these four point games are important”, said head coach Troy Chiasson.  “Their power play is lethal - maybe number one or two in the league, so we have to stay out of the box and make sure we don’t give up any goals on the PK if we want to be successful”.  At the Civic Centre on Saturday, the Nova Junior Squad had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first on an unassisted goal by Declan Smith.  The teams traded goals early in the second with Declan smith getting his second unassisted marker of the game before the Kings Mutual squad knotted the game at 2 with their second power play marker of the night.  In the third both team had a lot of great scoring chances, but it was the Valley team that came out ahead to stay with their third power play goal of the game.  X-Men goaltender Trent Wilkie kicked out 30 pucks in the loss, which was only the Nova Junior’s second loss in their last 13 games.   On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad faced the Valley team at the Keating Millennium Centre.  The Nova Junior squad looked as if they were going to run away with the contest building a 3-0 lead, before the Valley team roared back with two quick goals to make it a 3-2 affair.  The Nova Junior squad  fired another before the Valley responded with two more to deadlock the game at 4 going into the intermission.  The third period belonged to the Nova Junior squad as they fired off three unanswered goals to take the second game of the weekend by a 7-4 score.  In the scoring department, Avery Warner potted a hat trick for the X-men, Declan Smith had two goals and an assist, Josh Stewart and Shawn Gould each had a goal and two helpers, while Dawson Maclean assisted on four of the seven X-Men goals.  Single helpers came from the sticks of Seamus Brophy, Colin Hebb, Mark Kennedy, and Axel Poirier.  Daniel Liengme picked up the win in the cage.  “This weekend was one where we wanted to get both games, but they have a lethal power play, and we know that we have to be better in controlling our penalties against teams like that,” commented Coach Troy Chaisson.  “It was good to get the second victory heading into the Christmas Break.  The boys deserve to enjoy the break; they have worked hard and have come a long way where we are now competing well against the top teams in this league.  I am excited for the second half to begin in the New Year”.  The Nova Juniors next see action in the New Year on January 12 and 13 with a pair of road games; their next home games will be on January 19 and 20 when they host a doubleheader against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm.  Game times will be Saturday evening on the 19th at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and a 1 PM start on the 20th at the Keating Millennium Centre.   
Dec 25, 2012

Nova X-Men keep rolling!

The Nova Junior squad were back in action this weekend with a pair of road games coming away with three out of a possible four points. At the Halifax Forum on Saturday, The Nova Junior Squad battled the Bubba Rays to a 2-2 draw. The Bubba Rays jumped out into an early 2-0 lead and held on to that advantage until Avery Warner halved the lead early in the second with the assists coming off the sticks of Josh Stewart and Dawson MacLean. The Rays had a number of chances to put the X-Men away, but the tight defence of the X-Men and goaltender Trent Wilkie were able to hold off the swarming Gulls allowing MacLean to set up Declan Smith who potted the game tying goal with just 16 seconds left in the game. On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad faced the Pictou County Scotsburn Crushers at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in New Glasgow and skated away with a 5-0 shutout victory. Declan Smith opened the scoring for the Nova Junior Squad near the beginning of the first with the assist going to Keenan Gillis. Both teams battled hard until the second when the Nova Junior squad fired four unanswered goals to come away with the win. Scoring for the Nova Juniors in the second frame were Colin Hebb, Avery Warner, Josh Stewart, and Luke MacLellan; Declan Smith notched two assists, while Stewart, Mark Kennedy, Dawson MacLean, and Travis Mrazek provided single helpers. Daniel Liengme kicked out 29 shots for the shutout. The win was the Nova Juniors 8th in their last 11 games. “This weekend was another confidence building weekend for us,” said Coach Troy Chaisson. “Coming into the weekend, we picked up points in 8 of our last 9 games. The Bubba Rays are one of the elite teams in this league, and we were able to hold them off and tie the game up almost right at the end. It was a great momentum booster grabbing that single point and it showed the way we played the next day.” The Nova Juniors take up residence at their home barns this weekend with a pair of games against the Kings Mutual Wildcats. Games times are Saturday evening at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and at 1 PM on Sunday at the Keating Millennium Centre.  
Dec 17, 2012

Nova X-Men Have 4 Point Weekend

 The Nova Junior squad were back in action this weekend with a pair of home games at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre against the Dartmouth Whalers and the Bedford Mobil 1 Barons.  “Last weekend was a great test for the boys,” said Coach Chaisson.  “We learned that as a team we have to stay disciplined in order to be successful.  This weekend we have to do our best against two very scrappy teams if we want to advance in the standings.” On Saturday, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Dartmouth Whalers struck first before Dawson MacLean knotted the game for the Nova Juniors on a feed from Avery Warner.  MacLean struck again for the only marker of the second frame with the assists going to Mark Kennedy and Shawn Gould.   The teams traded goals in the third; Warner cashed in on a feed form Gould midway through the frame and Dawson Maclean potted the game winner and completed the hat-trick with about 7 minutes to go in the game.  Warner and Gould both assisted on the game winner giving them both their third point of the night.  The Whalers pressed hard for the equalizer but the X-Men D and goaltender Trent Wilkie held the fort as the Nova Juniors picked up their 6th win in the last 7 games.   On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad faced the Bedford Mobil 1 Barons in an afternoon contest at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.  The Nova Junior Squad jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Cory MacLellan and Mark Kennedy with the helpers provided by Seamus Brophy, Josh Stewart, Declan Smith, and Avery Warner.  The Mobil 1 Barons halved the lead in the second before the Nova Junior squad exploded for three third period goals to put the game away.  Declan Smith potted the Nova’s third goal with the assists going to Colin Hebb and Axel Poirier.  Dawson MacLean continued his points streak with a pair of goals in the third including the game winner and an empty net goal to seal the victory, while Seamus Brophy picked up his second point of the night with an assist on the game winning goal.  Daniel Liengme backstopped the victory with a 26 save performance.  “This weekend we needed to get the four points if we wanted to move up in the standings, and the game against the Bedford Barons was huge.  You need to come out on top in all these four point games and the boys responded well to the challenge,” said Coach Chaisson.  “We are getting contributions team wide - and they aren’t all showing up on the scoresheet.  Guys are blocking shots, staying strong defensively, and in general doing all the small things a team needs to do be successful.  It’s great to see how well they are playing as a team.”  The Nova Juniors are on the road next weekend against the Kings Mutual Wildcats in Halifax on Saturday and the Scotsburn Crushers in New Glasgow on Sunday; they return to their home rinks the following weekend for a pair of games against the Kings Mutual Wildcats.  
Dec 10, 2012

Nova X-Men Continue To Improve

 The Nova Junior squad returned  to league action this weekend with a pair of games against the second place Breton Sport Cougars.  “The Cougars are definitely one of the elite teams in this league,” offered head coach Troy Chiasson.  “They are talented, and extremely well-coached.  It’s no surprise that coming into this weekend, they have gone fourteen games without a loss.  However, we have been improving steadily as a team.  I really believe we are at the point where we can compete with the best in this league, and there’s no better way to find out then a home and home with one of the league’s best”.   On Saturday, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Shawn Gould opened the scoring to in the first period to give the Nova Junior squad a 1-0 advantage after one.  A spirited second period saw the Breton Sport Cougars knot the game at one, before Avery Warner scored the go-ahead goal and the eventual game winner midway through the third period.  Declan Smith sealed the deal with an empty net goal as the Nova's handed the Breton Sport Cougars their first loss of the season.  Gould and Warner also chipped in with an assist each, Seamus Brophy had two helpers, with single assists going to Josh Stewart and Dawson MacLean.  Trent Wilkie backstopped the Nova Junior squad to the victory turning away 33 shots.   On Sunday, the Nova Junior Squad travelled to the Emera Community Centre in North Sydney for the second half of the home and home, but were not able to complete the weekend sweep, losing by a score of 3-2 in a fast-paced well-played affair by both teams.  The Nova Junior Squad opened the scoring in the second period with a blast from the point assisted Declan Smith.  The Breton Sport Cougars responded with two before the second was over to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission.  Avery Warner knotted the game at two midway through the third with an unassisted short-handed marker before the Breton Sport Cougars put the game away with their second power play goal of the game.  Daniel Liengme put in a valiant performance in the pipes, turning aside 34 pucks in the loss.  “This weekend was a great test for the boys, and for the most part, I thought they did themselves proud.  They battled a real good hockey team and we were able to grab a couple of points,” said Coach Chaisson.  “We have to learn to stay out of the box, especially against a team like this, as their power play ranks up there with the best in the league. We know that they would come out flying on Sunday, and I thought we matched up against them real well.  Overall it was a great weekend.”  Action continues for the Nova Juniors next weekend with a pair of games at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre when they take on the Scotsburn Crushers at 5 PM Saturday evening, and the Bedford Mobil One Barons at 2 PM Sunday afternoon.
Dec 3, 2012

Four Point Weekend For Nova X-Men

The Nova Junior X-men were finally back in their home rinks after a long stretch of road games.  “The last couple of weeks, the coaching staff has been working hard with the boys on those little aspects of the game that are make or break.  We have been gelling as a team and it is definitely starting to show,”  said head coach Troy Chiasson.  On Saturday evening at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, The Nova Junior X-men battled the Weeks Crushers Hebb, and handed their arch rivals a 6-3 loss.  The Nova Junior squad were led by Josh Stewart with 2 goals and an assist.  Declan Smith had a goal and an assist with single markers coming off the stick of Axel Poirier, Colin Hebb, and Avery Warner.  Mark Kennedy and Dylan Grant rounded out the scoring with a pair of assists.  Dan Liengme kicked out 22 pucks for the win.  On Sunday, The Nova Junior squad tangled with the Truro Bearcats at the Keating Millennium Centre Main and came up with a 5-3 victory. Mark Kennedy and Declan Smith each led the way with two points, Kennedy with a pair of goals and Declan Smith with a goal and an assist.  Josh Stewart and Seamus chipped in with a goal each, with Riley Bance and Cory MacLellan adding helpers.  Trent Wilkie racked up 41 saves for the win.  “Over the past two weeks, we really have been coming together as a team.  Our confidence is increasing, we are playing better in both ends of the rink, and we are becoming more comfortable in a lot of situations where we struggled the first part of the year; I think it showed this weekend where we able to grab 4 big points”, said Coach Chaisson.  The Nova Juniors will be back on the road again competing in the ESSO Atlantic Major Bantam Tournament in Halifax from November 22-25, 2012.  The Nova Junior squad return to league action the following weekend with a pair of outings against the league leading Breton Sport Cougars; game time for the home half of the weekend is Saturday , December 1, 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Nov 19, 2012

KV Tournament Weekend

The past weekend saw the Nova Junior X-Men take part in the Vito’s Maritime Challenge Cup in The Kennebecasis Valley and Rothesay NB.  The first game saw the Junior X-squad defeat the Nova Junior X-Men won their 1st game at the KV Tournament in New Brunswick today 3-0 against Summerside Capitals.  Avery Warner notched a pair of goals and Declan Smith rounded out the scoring for the X-Men; goaltender Dan Liengme picked up the shutout.  In the second game of the tournament, KV Rangers defeated the Junior X-Men 4-1.  Dan MacKinnon had the only marker for the Junior X-Men; Trent wilkie handled the goaltending duties for the second game.  In the third tournament game, the West Kent Aces blanked the Junior X-Men 3-0, meaning an early exit for the Junior X-Squad from the tournament.  “We played pretty well”, said Coach Chiasson.  “These were some tough teams we played and I thought we stayed with them pretty well. We learned a lot  of things that we will take back into our league play next weekend.”   The Nova Juniors will be back in the comfy confines of their home rinks this weekend with a Saturday Contest against the Scotsburn Crushers at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre; on Sunday at the Keating Millennium Centre Auxiliary, the Truro.
Nov 12, 2012

X-Men Capture 3 of 4 Points On The Road

 The Nova Junior X-men again played the part of road warriors this past weekend looking to build off their first victory from the previous weekend.  “Last weekend was huge for the boys - we had a good week, worked on a few more things that should help us down the road, and talked about building some momentum.  The boys have been working hard and it was great to see that hard work finally start show up in the win column”, said head coach Troy Chiasson.  On Saturday evening in Cole Harbour, the Junior X-Squad tied the Pro Harbour Life Storm 2-2.  Scoring for the X-Men were Josh Stewart and Avery Warner.  Dan Liengme tended the cage in Saturday’s contest.  On Sunday afternoon in Amherst, the Nova X-Men defeated the Truro Bearcats  5-2.  Leading the way in the scoring department for the Nova X-Squad was Declan Smith with a goal and two assists, while Mark Kennedy had a pair of helpers.  Avery Warner,  Josh Stewart, Colin Hebb, and Luke MacKinnon each fired single markers, while additional helpers were provided by Seamus Brophy and Shawn Gould.  Trent Wilkie handled the netminding duties for Sunday’s game.  “Last weekend the boys grabbed that first W - it was a great confidence booster.  This weekend we could see the confidence growing.  We tightened some things up, played hard in both ends of the rink, and they got rewarded again with 3 out of 4 point.  I am really happy for these guys”, said Coach Chaisson.  The Nova Juniors next see action this weekend in their home rinks with a Saturday Contest against the Scotsburn Crushers at 5 PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre; on Sunday at the Keating Millennium Centre Auxiliary, the Truro Bearcats will be in town to battle the Junior X Squad with the puck dropping at 1 PM.  
Nov 5, 2012

Struggles Continue

The Nova Junior X-men were in the comfy confines of their home rinks looking for their first win of the 2012-13 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League Schedule.  “Last weekend, we had a pair of great games against the Western Hurricanes.  We battled hard against a top team, and I really felt that our fortunes were going to turn around,”  said head coach Troy Chiasson.  Unfortunately for the Junior X-Men, that first win remains elusive, as they dropped both weekend contests.  On Saturday evening in Port Hawkesbury, the Nova Junior Squad lost to the Newbridge Senators 4-2.  Scoring for the X-Men were Dan MacKinnon and Colin Hebb, with the assists going to Troy Mrazek, Cory MacLellan, and Dawson MacLean.  Trent Wilkie and Dan Liengme shared the goaltending duties in the loss.  On Sunday morning, the Nova X-Men were defeated by the Bubba Ray Gulls 5-1.  Dawson MacLean got the only marker for the Nova X-Men with the assists going to Colin Hebb and Shawn Gould.  Trent Wilkie tended the cage for Sunday’s Contest.  “We had a tough weekend again.  We seem to be playing great for long stretches, and then we make a series of costly mistakes and it really hurts our momentum”, said Coach Chaisson.  “ We will keep  working - try some different things, and it will come!”  The Nova Juniors next see action this weekend on October 27th when they again face the Newbridge Senators on Saturday in Eastern Shore, and the Dartmouth Whalers on Sunday the 28th.
Oct 22, 2012

Road Warriors

  The Nova Junior X-men took to the road this weekend for a pair of games against one of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam League’s top teams, the Western Hurricanes.  “Going into the weekend, we knew we were in for a battle since this team has been rolling since the start of the season”  head coach Troy Chiasson offered.  “We have been working hard, trying to focus on those little things that can mean the difference between a win and a loss.  It’s coming together - this weekend will be a great test”.   Despite the Junior X-Men’s valiant efforts, the Western Hurricanes came up victorious in both contests this past weekend.  On Saturday evening in Liverpool, the Hurricanes dropped the Nova Junior Squad 3-1, while on Sunday morning, the Nova X-Men ended up on the wrong end of a 5-3 score.  In Saturday’s game, Josh Stewart got the only marker for the Nova X-Men with the assist going to Seamus Brophy.  On Sunday, Josh Stewart again found the back of the net twice, while Shawn Gould potted the other marker.  Declan Smith notched three assists, with single helpers going to Axel Poirier and Dawson MacLean.  Daniel Liengme handled the goaltending chores for the evening match, while Trent Wilkie was in the nets for the morning contest.  “All in all, we found out why this team is near the top of the league”, said Coach Chaisson.  “They play hard in all areas of the ice!  As for our boys, we are still learning about what it takes to contend with the best in the league.”  The Nova Juniors next see action this weekend on October 20th when they take on the Newbridge Senators at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 7 PM and on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM when they play the Bubba Rays at the Keating Centre Auxiliary.
Oct 15, 2012

Weekend Review

The Nova Junior X-men rolled into the second week of the 2012-13 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League season hoping to rebound from last week’s efforts, but ended up on the wrong side of two road games.  On Saturday evening in Bedford NS, the Junior X-squad took on the Mobil 1 Barons in losing 5-1, and on Sunday morning in Halifax, they dropped a 2-0 decision to the Halifax Hawks.  In the Saturday game, Avery Warner got the only marker for the Nova Junior squad, with the assists going to Riley Bance and Declan Smith.  Daniel Liengme handled the goaltending chores for Saturday’s game and Trent Wilkie was in the nets for Sunday’s game.  “This was a tough weekend”, head coach Troy Chiasson offered.  “Again we found out that we need to stay out of the box, but we also learned that we have to be aware of the other team’s ability to capitalize on our mistakes.  Our special teams are going to need some more work, but we will get there.  It’s early in the season, and I feel good about our team”.  The Nova Juniors see action on the South Shore on October 13th and 14th weekend with a pair of games against the Western Hurricanes;   the Junior X squad return to their home rinks the following weekend.  
Oct 1, 2012

2012-2013 Season Opens

  The Nova Junior X-men opened the 2012-13 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League season with a hard fought loss and a tie.  On Saturday, the Junior X-squad played hard against a very determined Truro Bearcats squad team but came up a goal short, losing 2-1.  Scoring for the Nova Junior X-Men Squad was Colin Hebb  on the power-play and with the assist going to Shawn Gould.  Daniel Liengme was stellar in the loss.  On Sunday afternoon at the Keating Millennium Centre Auxiliary, the Junior X-Men brought forth a very spirited effort, tying the Dartmouth Whalers 1-1.  Finding the back of the net for the Nova Junior X-Men was Declan Smith with the assist going to Axel Poirier.  Trent Wilkie handled the goaltending duties for Sunday’s contest, making some good saves near the end of the game to keep the game knotted at 1.  “This weekend was about coming together as a team.  As usual, we made mistakes and learned some things the hard way, like the fact that it takes a team effort for the entire game to be successful”, said new head coach Troy Chiasson.  “ We let down a little in the third against Truro and it cost us.  We didn’t let up against Dartmouth and we came out with the point so we learned something.  We had a good chance to see what we need to work on to become successful, and the boys are eager to learn.  We saw a lot of positives on the weekend, and it’s going to take some tweaking as we go through the year, but we will have a good season.”  Team President Shane MacIsaac was delighted with the number of fans who showed up to watch the games in both rinks.  “This really is showcase hockey for this age group - it’s fast, intense, and the players are skilled.  It’s great to see the league is getting some attention”.  The Nova Juniors next see action in the Metro area on Saturday the 29th against the Bedford Baron Saturday evening, and the Halifax Hawks on Sunday morning.   
Sep 26, 2012

Nova X-Men Open Regular Season

 The Nova Junior X-Men open their regular season today at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre against the Truro Bearcats at 5:00PM.  The Troy Chiasson led squad has been working hard the past month preparing and is looking forward to a strong start to the season this weekend.  There are seven returning players from last year's squad; forwards Dawson MacLean, Josh Stewart & Declan Smith; defensemen Riley Bance, Axel Poirier, Mark Kennedy & Allan Boutilier along with goaltender Dan Liengme.  Newcomers include Seamus Brophy, Shawn Gould, Colin Hebb, Dan MacKinnon, Cory MacLellan, James Walker and Avery Warner up front; Travis Mrazek, Dylan Grant & Keenan Gillis on defense and Trent Wilkie in goal.  "We have a solid returning core to our roster and some great young talent in our first year players this season," says Chiasson.  "We will be solid defensively this year and in nets, that's what I am counting on.  I want to be tops in the league with the lowest goals against and in shots allowed and we will definitely be one of the harder working teams.  Teams will find it very difficult to play against us in every game."   
Sep 22, 2012

Parent Meeting

 A meeting for all player parents of the Nova Junior X-Men Major Bantam Hockey team is now scheduled for September 11, 2012 at 7:00PM at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre in the Arts & Crafts Room. Parents are asked to bring completed NSMBHL Registration and NSMBHL Media Release forms to the meeting.  Forms can be found in the parent package distributed at the the beginning of training camp or can be found on this website under the Bylaws & Policies page. Agenda 1) Introductions 2) Parent Package - The contents of the parent package will be reviewed.  In the interest of keeping the duration of the meeting short please ensure that you have read the contents of the package.  If there are any questions concerning the contents, you are encouraged to email the question to novaxmenhockey@gmail.com prior to the meeting so that we can keep the meeting moving along.  The question can remain anonymous if desired. 3) Game Operations 4) Provincial Tournament Bid Application 5) Fundraising Review 6) Cleve's Source for Sports Presentation 7) Introduction of Coaching Staff
Sep 10, 2012

Training Camp Schedule

  The Nova Junior X-Men Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their 2012-2013 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2012-2013 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the schedule on this website. Stage I - $125.00 August 18 - August 26 Keating Millennium Centre (STFX) (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced to approximately 20 players.) Stage II - $100.00 August 27 - September 9 Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre Training Camp Registration Form Please complete the above registration form and return prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please attach (i) a cheque dated August 20th for $125.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 30th for $100.00 payable to the Nova X-Men Hockey Association.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed.  Forms can be returned on Saturday morning at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Millennium Centre prior to the 1st session.
Aug 11, 2012

STFX X-Men Announce Hockey School Schedule

xmen.goalline.ca/files/xmencamp.pdf 
Jul 27, 2012

Spring ID Camp Announced

The Nova Junior X-Men Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding a Spring Identification Camp in May 2012. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2012-2013 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and Training Camp in August. All sessions for the Spring Identification Camp will take place at the Keating Millennium Centre at St. Francis Xavier University.   On-Ice Assessment:            Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:00PM – 7:30PM Strength & Fitness Testing:            Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:00PM On-Ice Assessment:            Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:30PM – 8:30PM Registration Fee: $60.00 All registration forms and fees must be received prior to player participation (Tuesday, May 22).  
May 17, 2012

Nova Junior X-Men Hire New Coach

Troy Chiasson enters his first year as Head Coach of the Nova Junior X-Men Major Bantam Hockey team following a number of years coaching in the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey program. An active member of the hockey community, he is well known for the exuberance and effort he brings to the rink with him each day. He has a wealth of hockey knowledge and a knowledge of the skill sets required for each position. To help shape a complete player, Troy focuses on the development of a strong skating base, stickhandling, passing and shooting skills. He helps players develop an understanding of the game and the intricacies that are involved as they move to the next level of their careers. Remi Chiasson, a Bachelor of Education student at STFX, joins Troy behind the bench as the team’s Assistant Coach. Remi has a wealth of coaching experience as well in the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, the Cape Breton West High School Hockey League and the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. Remi recently spent the 2011-2012 season as the Head Coach of the Antigonish Midget AA Bulldogs.
May 1, 2012

2019-2020 Nova Major Bantam Hockey Training Camp

  The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team have announced the dates for their upcoming 2019-2020 Training Camp & Tryouts for the upcoming season.  Training camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2019-2020 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association.  For full details on all training camp sessions see the Team Schedule on this website. Stage I - $175.00 August 20 - August 25 (At the end of Stage I the roster will be reduced to 22 Players.) Stage II - $200.00 August 26 - September 2 (At the end of Stage II the roster will be reduced to 20 players.) Training Camp Registration Form   Please complete the above registration form prior to your child participating in training camp.  Please provide (i) a cheque dated August 20th for $175.00 and (ii) a second cheque dated August 26th for $200.00 payable to Nova Major Bantam Hockey.  Only players who move onto Stage II of tryouts will have the second cheque cashed. The Registration Form must be completed prior to 4:00PM on Tuesday August 20, 2019. Please confirm participation and provide registration fees at the registration table that will be available at the Keating Centre from 5:30-6:00PM. Registration fees may also be submitted electronically with e-transfers sent to president@novahockey.ca. Please ensure that all e-transfers are submitted prior to the beginning date of each stage of our training camp.
Dec 31, 1969

EnviroBate Environmental Remediation Services Player of the Week

Tyler is a first year bantam player with The Novas that has placed some high expectations on himself. In two games this weekend, Tyler had 3 goals and 3 assists for his first points of the season. Tyler maybe a first year bantam but he is quickly becoming a leader on and off the ice for The Novas.
Dec 31, 1969

2018 Checking Clinic & Spring Identification Camp

The Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team will be holding their Spring Identification Camp in May 2018. This Identification Camp is open to all Bantam-aged players for the 2018-2019 hockey season that are members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association, Strait Area Minor Hockey Association or the Cape Breton West Minor Hockey Association. From this camp, a list of players will be identified and invited to Final Tryouts and our Training Camp in August. All 1st Year Bantam Players in the 2018-2018 season are required to attend a checking clinic prior to participating in any Major Bantam Spring Identification Camp. If you are a 1st Year Bantam player or have not participated in a checking clinic in the past and are intent on attending the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Spring Identification Camp, you are required to attend a checking clinic. The Novas checking clinic is scheduled for May 3rd at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center and May 7th at the Antigonish Arena. This clinic is not required for goaltenders. Checking Clinic ($50) Day 1 Date: May 3, 2018      Location: Port Hawkesbury Civic Center           5:30 - 6:00 - Registration           6:00 - 6:45 - Video and Classroom Session           7:00 - 8:00 - Off Ice Clinic (Players In Full Gear on Main Ice Surface)                                 Sneakers required for footwear. Day 2 Date: May 7, 2018      Location: Antigonish Arena           5:00 - 7:00 – On Ice Clinic (Players In Full Gear) Checking Clinic Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (May 3, 2018). Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 3, 2018.    Spring ID Camp ($80) Day 1 Date: May 9, 2018      Location: Antigonish Arena           4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Registration           5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Goalie Evaluations           6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Defenseman Evaluations           7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Forward Evaluations Day 2 Date: May 14, 2018      Location: Antigonish Arena           6:00pm - 8:00pm  – Inter-Squad Game #1 Day 3 Date: May 16, 2018      Location: Antigonish Arena           6:00pm - 8:00pm  – Inter-Squad Game #2 Spring Identification Camp Registration must be completed and registration fees must be received prior to player participation (May 9, 2018). Please complete and submit the registration form in the link above and ensure to provide the registration fee at the registration desk on May 9, 2018. For information, please contact: Mike Stewart        (902) 870-2156 coach@novahockey.ca Shane MacIsaac    (902) 867-7297 president@novahockey.ca PLEASE BE AWARE Regulations of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League require all registration forms must be received by the Nova Major Bantam Hockey Team and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia prior to any player participating in the 2017 Spring Identification Camp. A player will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Checking Clinic or Spring Identification Camp until registration is received and submitted to Hockey Nova Scotia. Additionally, Players must try out for the team within the Region in which the player resides. Failure to participate in the Identification Camp of the team within the player's residential region results in the player being ineligible to participate in Major Bantam Hockey in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Dec 31, 1969