Three Pictou County hockey players recently made their respective provincial hockey teams and will compete at the Atlantic Challenge Cup in October. From left: Camryn Halliday, Jake Martin and Taylor Perry.
NEW GLASGOW – Three locals are hoping to make the most of an opportunity to play on their respective provincial hockey teams this fall.
Camryn Halliday, Jake Martin and Taylor Perry will all be travelling to the Atlantic Challenge Cup in October to play for Team Nova Scotia at the annual event.
Heading into her second year of bantam with the Subway Selects, Halliday was at the U-15 tryouts last season, but didn’t make the cut. This year she hoped it would happen, but really didn’t know what to expect.
Halliday was confident that she could compete with the other girls, but didn’t know what the coaches were thinking.
“My friend that also tried out sent me a text asking if I had looked at it (the team list posted online) yet,” she said. “I hadn’t, so I looked for myself. I was really excited and just sat there looking at it with a big smile.”
Although she doesn’t know what to expect at the actual tournament, she said she hopes it will help her bring more leadership and confidence to Selects team.
“It definitely makes you better playing with the best players from around the province,” she said. “I want to get better and bring that back here.”
A veteran at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, Perry will be making her third appearance. The Northern Subway Selects defenceman was a member of the U-15 team and last year’s U-17 squad. Normally she wouldn’t have had an opportunity to go back, but with Canada Games this coming winter the division was changed to U-18.
“It’s definitely more fast-paced hockey,” said Perry. “The players are all faster and more physical. I realized how quick the game is and that I had to work on my speed to get faster.”
With knowledge of what it takes to make a provincial team she felt confident she could do it again, but said with it being a Canada Games year she knew it would be tougher than prior seasons.
“I’m really looking forward to taking the level of skill, speed and just the whole experience of it all in,” said Perry about what she’s looking forward to most about this year’s tournament.
For the second straight season Martin will suit up for Team Nova Scotia after representing the province last year on the U-14 team. A forward on the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers, he said he learned how to carry himself professionally at last year’s tournament.
“They treat it very professionally and want you to act like pros when you’re there,” he said. “We’re shown and taught how to act respectfully. It’s a great learning experience.”
Hoping to return to the Scotsburn lineup this fall, Martin said he wants to bring his pace of play back to the major bantam squad from the tournament.
“It’s a confidence boost playing with the best players in Nova Scotia, so I want to play my best and learn as much as I can,” he said. “I didn’t think I had a good camp this year, but it worked out and I have a chance to go back. I’m excited for another chance to play for Team Nova Scotia.”
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