Chal­lenge Cup an­nounced for South Shore Lum­ber­jacks, Val­ley Wild­cats

South Shore Breaker - - Sports - DAVID SAL­TER edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

The Val­ley Wild­cats of the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League re­cently an­nounced that they have part­nered with the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment and the South Shore Lum­ber­jacks to launch the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment Chal­lenge Cup com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the two MHL teams.

The West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment Chal­lenge Cup will be pre­sented to the team that has the most wins in head-to-head com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son. The first game in the se­ries was played last week in Ber­wick and was marked with a cer­e­mo­nial puck drop. The Wild­cats won the game 5-3 in an ex­cit­ing con­test that ended with a last sec­ond, empty-net goal.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Ken But­ter­worth, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment, has a per­sonal con­nec­tion to both MHL clubs.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence with the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive,” said Lt. Col. But­ter­worth. “My son Jeremy was drafted and played for the South Shore Lum­ber­jacks and also played for the Val­ley Wild­cats. Both or­ga­ni­za­tions are pil­lars of the com­mu­nity and their brand rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that the Cana­dian Armed Forces looks to for part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Jeremy But­ter­worth was, in fact, a star player both teams. He was drafted by the Lum­ber­jacks sec­ond over­all in 2012 and amassed 16 goals and 29 as­sists in 49 games dur­ing the 2012-13 sea­son. Af­ter play­ing a few games with Fargo in the USHL and 23 games with the Brooks Ban­dits of the AJHL in 2013-14, But­ter­worth was traded to the Val­ley Wild­cats. Over the next two and a half sea­sons in Ber­wick, But­ter­worth scored 39 goals and 68 as­sists in 102 games.

Wild­cats G.M. Nick

Gree­nough shared Lt. Col But­ter­worth’s sen­ti­ments about the part­ner­ship.

“The play­ers on the Wild­cats and Lum­ber­jacks are the lead­ers of to­mor­row and dis­play some of the same char­ac­ter­is­tics of the men and women who serve, and have served, in the Reg­i­ment,” said Gree­nough. “We are proud and hon­ored to be as­so­ci­ated with them.”

The West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment (WNSR) is one of the old­est In­fantry Reg­i­ments in Canada. It was formed from both the 69th (An­napo­lis, 1717) and the 75th (Lunen­burg Reg­i­ment, 1870) in 1936 and served with dis­tinc­tion through­out the Sec­ond World

War. Stretch­ing from Si­cily to Hol­land, there are 352 graves of West Nova’s who paid the fi­nal sac­ri­fice. Added to this were 1,084 wounded and miss­ing. The Reg­i­ment con­tin­ues to send sol­diers on U.N. peace keep­ing tours and on ac­tive duty in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. To­day, the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment serves the Kentville, Bridge­wa­ter, Mid­dle­ton and Wind­sor com­mu­ni­ties and em­ploys more than 120 sol­diers.

West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment Chal­lenge Cup (re­main­ing games) • Fri­day, Nov. 23 at Val­ley 7 p.m.

• Fri­day, Nov. 30 at South Shore 7 p.m.

• Fri­day, Dec. 14 at South Shore 7 p.m.

• Fri­day, Feb. 1 at South Shore 7 p.m.

• Fri­day, Feb. 22 at Val­ley 7 p.m.

Con­trib­uted

Matt Warner, Lieu­tenan Colonel Ken But­ter­worth, Ber­wick town coun­cil­lor Jane Bustin, chief war­rant of­fi­cer Brad Rogers and Cody Grant.

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