On November 28th the Heartland Dragons U10 “A” amazed their friends and family with an
auspicious beginning to their 2021-2022 hockey season.!
After a less than rousing start to the regular season, the Heartland Dragons U10A made great
strides over their last 4 league games. After playing two regular season games back to back, the
U10A Team headed out on Friday November 26th to participate in the Orangeville Fall Classic
In the round robin segment of the tournament, the team finished 2-1 with an amazing breakthrough
in the third game securing them the first place position in their Division. They entered the semifinals
playing their sixth game in as little as four days to demonstrate the true testament of
toughness, persevering through mental and physical tiredness, to earn them a 2-1 win to get them
into the Finals.
In the Championship game, the U10A Team spent a gruelling 8 minutes of successful penalty
killing to end the 2nd period in a one all tie. Two minutes into the third period the Heartland
Dragons U10A pulled away with a go ahead goal and shut down their opponents for the remainder
of the game!
This was the first ever Rep Level Tournament for this group of young players who came from
House League just two years ago, and who have only just recently being exposed to the
fundamentals of how to play positional, full ice hockey. What a wonderful accomplishment to now be crowned Tournament Champions!
On October 24th the Heartland Dragons U11 “A” thrilled their fans with an amazing start to their 2021-2022 hockey season. This past weekend the team participated in the 2021 West Mall Lightening Early Bird Tournament and brought home the first tournament championship for the Heartland Dragons U11 team by scorching their competition in true Dragon style!
The weekend was the beginning of their journey this season; it was a weekend filled with great hockey, team building and many laughs. Great efforts were made by all the players who will now look to build off their success. Special thank you to the kids, the coaching staff and the parents!
The Heartland Dragons U13 “A” kicked off their season with a roar by winning the Garden City 2021 Early Bird “A” Tournament.
After 19 months without minor hockey due to COVID19, 15 Dragons returned to the ice for their first tournament of the 2021-2022 season. Playing five games in less than 48 hours the team accumulated 27 goals and only allowed 7goals against, winning the championship game vs the Burlington Eagles 5-0. Congratulations to this determined group of 12 year olds!
Great efforts were made by all the players who will now look to build off their success. Special thank you to the kids the coaching staff and the parents!
Heartland Dragons Hall of Fame
Civic Award of Recognition for Exemplary Volunteer Service
with our deepest felt appreciation to all of our Volunteers!
Two things which must be relayed about Harrison are his ability to mentor younger volunteers and his dedication to our special needs players. His easy manner, competitive spirit and good humour make him a favourite among the students who work together. He exemplifies a tremendous work ethic and personifies the value in volunteering. When Harrison was injured, it was almost like our program was rudderless. In his own quiet way, Harrison supports the other participants and teaches them through his example. Harrison is an inspiration to his peers, though I think he may not see that as he is a very humble young man. We are indebted to Harrison for his incredible dedication to assisting our young players.
– Tina Rizzuto Volunteer Coordinator
To put Odin’s commitment into perspective, all of his coaching roles required Odin to be present for a practice and a game each week. Thus, some weeks Odin would be volunteering 5 to 6 hours of his own free time to assist these 4 teams. Notably, his dedication to improving our programs is seen in his decision to continue to assist Coach Alacantra and his team this year even after his younger brother was convened to a different team. Odin saw his commitment to his players, his team, as paramount.
Tyler was open to helping with many projects in our first year of the volunteer program and made quite an impact. When the new season started in August because of a greater workload at school, Tyler asked if he could commit solely to our Goalie School/Shooting Program only. He has never missed a class! Our most consistent volunteer, Coaches Joe and Mark have come to truly rely on Tyler being there and instinctively knowing the drills and pace of the class. We are incredibly grateful to Tyler for his dedication.
“Robert’s dedication to our program has been a tremendous gift. His ability to be here for every game has provided both the coaches and the children with much needed consistency in a program like this. It is truly amazing to be able to count on a young man for always being there when you need him.”
– Supervisor of the Jr. Dragons’ Program
“Becoming a good hockey player takes motivation, dedication and a solid work ethic… Becoming a great volunteer takes heart, a deep passion for the sport, and a burning desire to give back all those wonderful moments you experienced as a player… My friend “Hollywood” brings all those passions and a nice suit when he’s standing tall on the bench”
– Michael McNutt Vice- President Hockey Operations
The Heartland Dragons Peewee “A” kicked off their season with a bang by winning the West Mall Lightning 2019 Early Bird “A” Tournament. After dropping a hard fought 4-2 decision to the defending GTHL champions Vaughn Rangers, the Dragons rolled off five consecutive victories including a decisive 7-2 win in the finals over the defending champion King Rebellion. The team gathered momentum through the tournament ending up scoring 26 goals and allowing only nine in six games. Great efforts were made by all the players who will now look to build off this success in the September 13th Early Bird “A” Burlington tournament.
Special thank you to the kids the coaching staff and the parents!
Congrats to the Senior Midget Heartland Dragons for taking the championship title! The team went 4-0-1 including a shootout win in the final to bring home the hardware! Special thank you to the staff and parents.
Congrats to our Heartland Dragons Atom team #52 for going undefeated and winning the Port Credit Classic Strom Tournament!
Our Atom Dragons played hard and skated to victory with the support of their coaches, staff, and parents!
Way to go.
Our Midget Jr. A team traveled to Fort Erie Oct. 26-28 and came home with the championship trophy.
Going undefeated over the weekend, the team won the Gold Medal game against the Coronation Bengals in a shoot-out after coming back from a 2-0 deficit.
A great team effort with strong contributions from all players. Congrats Dragons!
The Heartland Dragons HD112 Midget Red squad competed in the Bradford Blue & Gold Tournament over the Nov 2-4 weekend.
After dropping the first game 2-1, the boys bounced back with 3 straight convincing shutout wins that sent them to the final. The Heartland boys played a solid Championship game winning the final in the 3rd overtime.
The boys played strong all weekend outscoring their competitors 19-5 on the way to winning the tournament.
Congrats to the boys, coaches and supporting families.