The Upper Canada Major Peewee AAA Cyclones have qualified to represent the area at the Ontario Winter Games later this month. The team is based in Kemptville, but also draws kids from surrounding municipalities who want to play high level hockey. Head coach Terry Kehoe and three of the players, are North Grenville natives.

Brandon Taylor (12), Owen Traynor (13) and Kayden Buller (12) are all thrilled that they are part of the team that made it to this year’s Ontario Winter Games. “It is really exciting,” Brandon said when I talked to the boys after practice last week. “We worked really hard,” Owen added.

Terry says he is very proud of what the team has accomplished this year. In order to qualify for the Games, they had to beat five other skilled teams. “You can’t get to a higher level,” he said. “I’m happy for them.”

The Cyclones will be heading to Orillia for the Games from February 27 to March 1. There they will compete against eight of the top teams across Ontario. Kayden said he is really looking forward to seeing all the great players who will be present at the Games, and having fun with his teammates. Brandon said that playing the game is what he is looking forward to the most. “It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.

The team is now on a strict training schedule and is practicing six days a week. Not only are team members preparing for the Games they are also practicing for their own playoffs, which are happening at roughly the same time. This on top of schoolwork and making sure they are eating well and getting enough sleep. “They have worked hard and come together since September,” Terry says about his team. “They are a special group with lots of talent.”

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