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Champs! Champs! Champs!

posted Dec 15, 2015, 9:39 PM by Allan Streib   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 6:10 PM ]
Bloomington Blades make history with sweep of Silver Stick Fort Wayne Regional Tournament!

Canada Here We Come!

Sunday December 13 had no precedent, not even close. For the first time in the history of youth hockey in Bloomington, the Bantam, Pee Wee, and Squirt division teams each won their regional championships on the same day, and all will travel to Canada in early January for the International Silver Stick finals in Pelham, Ontario!

Blades Bantams, 2015-16 Fort Wayne Region Champs
Expenses for such a long journey are significant, and anyone interested in helping support our trip to Canada is encouraged to make a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/blades-silverstick.

The championships were won in thrilling back-to-back-to-back fashion at last weekend’s Silver Stick Ft. Wayne Regional Championships. The Squirt team got the run started with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the host Ft. Wayne Komets.

The Pee Wees clinched their own trophy by holding off the Columbus (Ohio) Blue Jackets 5-4.
Blades Pee Wees, 2015-16 Fort Wayne Region Champs

The Bantam team closed out the tournament and completed the sweep with a decisive 6-0 victory over the Fishers Falcons.

It has been six years since any Bloomington team won a Silver Stick regional championship, with the Bantams the last to do so in 2010. Some of those players were seniors on the high school hockey squad that made the Indiana state finals last season.

But to have all three teams win championships on the same day is almost beyond imagining.

The teams will travel to Pelham January 6-10 to play in the International Silver Stick North American Finals. Each age group from Bloomington will be pitted against 15 other teams, almost all of them from Canada, the upper Midwest, or the Northeast – all areas known for hockey a lot more than is Bloomington.

Though we may be thought of as underdogs in such company, the Blades are looking forward to representing Bloomington and showing that we play some pretty good hockey here too.

This is a testament to the fantastic job our coaches and players are able to do in a town where we have limited resources for hockey. Congratulations and best of luck to all our teams next month in Canada!