‘I just tried my best in spring hockey’
Cape Sable Island youth playing with N.S. AAA Selects in Boston hockey tournament
‘Scoring a goal' is the favorite part of the game for nineyear-old hockey player Jase Hallett of Cape Sable Island.
Hallett is lacing up this summer with the 2014 (age) Nova Scotia Selects AAA squad, who will be the only Canadian team playing in the CCM Summer Invitational Tournament on Aug. 4-6 in Boston.
“Our Nova Scotia Selects consist of 15 players and 2 goalies, all born in 2014, selected from AAA and Elite leagues throughout Nova Scotia,” says head coach Stephen Doucet. “This is our first year representing Nova Scotia for Atlantic Hockey Group and we hope to be part of the program for years to come.”
The team had its first practice on the July 22 weekend. “Our first practice was a success with our primary goal
being familiarizing players, staff and families to each other," says Doucet, saying the focus of the second weekend of training camp would be on "getting the team playing at their full capacity."
Doucet says the Selects will face off against teams from North East U.S.A. in the tournament. “Our team will be the only Canadian team participating and we hope to bring home the gold,” he says.
Hallett says he's excited to be going to Boston. He has been playing the game since he was four. Mom Jessica Smith says he was the top goal scorer in points for the 2014 group in Nova Scotia in spring hockey with the Sou'West Thunder.
“I just tried my best in spring hockey,” says Hallett.
His coach says he's a great fit.
“Jase Hallett is a very committed young player who will be playing at the forward Centre position,” says Doucet. “He will be expected to provide offence for our team while remaining defensively responsible. We have no doubt Jase will excel at the tournament.”
Besides summer hockey, Hallett keeps active playing baseball with the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies baseball team. He will be going into Grade four in September.