Challenge for Great North

November 8, 2019

An all-star team representing the Great North Midget Hockey League will take part in the prestigious CCM Midget AAA Challenge that is slated for next month in Saguenay, Quebec.

Team Great North will be one of 24 entries that will participate in the CCM Midget AAA Challenge that will be held December 11 to 15 in Saguenay.

The best 20 players from the eight-member Great North will for the first time head to the 14th edition of the Quebec-based challenge tournament.

According to Albert Corradini, who is the commissioner of the Great North loop, the challenge event normally attracts more than 250 scouts, general managers, and coaches from major junior, junior A, Canadian university, and American college teams and programs.

Corradini added that Team Great North “is fortunate” to be included in this year’s event, which features 23 other teams from the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League, Atlantic midget AAA leagues and other all-star squads made up of the top draft-eligible prospects for the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.

Team Great North has confirmed its staff ahead of the CCM challenge.

Coaches will be Jamie Henderson of the Soo Jr. Greyhounds, Brandon Perry of the Timmins Majors and Sheldon Reasbeck of the Kapuskasing Flyers. Shawn Folz of the Soo will serve as the director of operations.

The 20 players who will make up Team Great North will be selected via ongoing evaluations during regular season games by the coaching staff as well as input and feedback from various northern Ontario scouts.

A pre-camp prior to the challenge tournament will be held in Sudbury on December 9 and 10.

Eight teams featuring more than 150 players make up the Great North. Teams are Soo Jr. Greyhounds, Timmins Majors, Kapuskasing Flyers, New Liskeard Cubs, Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, Sudbury Minor Wolves, North Bay Major Trappers and North Bay Minor Trappers.

Brandon Perry of the Timmins Majors is one of the three coaches for Team Great North.

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