The Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association is hosting a Major Midget Hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 16 with the North Island Silvertips taking on the Prince George Cariboo Cougars.
Admission is free, with game time 9:15 a.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre #1. “Come out and support your North Island team and enjoy an early morning of fast, hard-hitting, exciting Major Midget Hockey,” said Elaine Sutter, CVMHA assistant second vice-president.
The North Island Silvertips Major Midget Hockey Club was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds from Northern Vancouver Island an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.
This year’s Silvertips’ lineup features goalie John Hawthorne (Denman Island) and forward Joe Surgenor (Courtenay). Other team members are from Campbell River, Parksville, Nanaimo, Powell River and Nanoose Bay. Liam Shaw of Comox is a Silvertip alumnus; he skated for the team in 2011-12.
Both Surgenor and Hawthorne played in the Major Midget Hockey all-star game this year, helping Team Blue defeat Team White 8-6. Notable Major Midget graduates who have competed in the all-star game include Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers (Team White 2009) and Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets (Team White 2007).