Nike Team Breakaway
Nike Team Breakaway SWEPT The ECHO Tournament in every age division from 8U too 17U.
8U division basically didn't have any competition for Nike Team Breakaway. They placed 1st. Didn't loose a game and had impressive playing by 2 kids # 99 & # 97 didn't get names. MVP and MVG won by NTB.
12U division again was all NiKe Team Breakaway. The placed 1st with MVG & Mvp going to NTB. ALSO on the front. One of the teams that NTB beat without any question challenged NTB's roster for a player #2 who was big and fast saying that he was too old. NTB provided a birth certificate to shut this teams mouth. What a nurve. This team has a rep of not playing their teams in their own age division but for playing the teams up in division for the challenged. I heard the Coach from NTB was upset because the team that challenged the roster did it after they lost not once asking to challenge the roster before the game or during the game but after the game. NTB's coach was upset because if this was done during the game the other team would of been penalized but done after the game it was a matter of just pride for NTB.
14U also won by NTB They were challanged by a team from the Sportsplex called the Piranhas who had a few of the NTB's players in their line up. Was a clean and hard fought game with NTB winning 7-6 at the end. Up until that game NTB had no competition.
17U Silver again was a dominance by Nike Team Breakaway with their 14U team playing up and winning this division with only allowing one goal against the entire tournament. This team is also the TORHS Winter Cup 2004 Champions. What a group of players. Who know's maybe we will see these guys playing minor's for NTB.
17U Gold division was also won by no other then Nike Team Breakaway. They looked strong and skated like what was expected of a Nike Team Breakaway team. Big strong players with strong game.
Congratulations Nike Team Breakaway with the SWEEP this weekend. Maybe a preview of this year?
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Nice job by NTB.
8U - Just too much fun to watch. Kids are fast and talented.
10U - Did NTB win this division? I don't know.
12U - Coach Pedro doesn't cheat - ever.
14U - Great final game, see-saw battle. Nice comeback by NTB. #98 put the Piranhas away. 2 NTB players on Piranhas tried to hard to do it all, forgot about the rest of the team.
17U Silver - Nice job by NTB. But, check the roster, they had three 88's playing - including goalie. So, NOT the same team that won TORHS Winter Cup 2004. HockeyFanAttic, just a little overzealous, no problem.
17U Gold - Dominating performance. PLAY STRAIGHT & WIN - WHAT A CONCEPT ! ! !
A preview of this year - I doubt it. But, we'll just have to wait and see.
By the way - Nike Rep. was there and spending more time with the Islandwide Quest Selects teams than NTB. I thought that was kind of wierd. Also, I thought Nike was limiting sponsorship to Nike Buffalo Wings, NTB and Nike OC Blades. What's up with this Islandwide Quest Selects deal? They were decked out from head-to-toe with Nike equipment, and at no cost too, I heard.
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Nike Rep. was there and spending more time with the Islandwide Quest Selects teams than NTB.
Guess that might change now, eh?
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First off thanks HockeyFanAtic for the nice post. Our teams did do well this weekend. It was nice to compete in the different age groups and emerge a winner in all the divisions.
SC_STOV; also thanks for the complement. The boys played hard. They won I just enjoyed being there with them.
The 8U did have fun and it is very cool watching these kids skate and the emotion when they score and win.
We did not have a 10U team and there was no division. It was cancelled.
The 12U division was nice always. The boys just wanted to skate and our goalie was sick the entire tournament but he didn't want to let the other boys down so he played sick. But after winning he felt a little better. Winning always makes the sick feel better. Yes I follow the books when it comes to our boys and the club's reputation.
14U was an intense game and to have to come from behind to win is always a good thing. The boys are taught not to give up and they didn't. We know that it takes a team to win a championship not individuals.
17U Silver was a mix of players. Not all of our boys could make the tournament. We had 2 in Massachussetts and 2 with injuries. We added two 88's that have played with us and a 88 goalie. But again it wasn't an individual that saved us it was a team effort that won the games. The boys were very unselfish and played hard.
17U Gold did play hard. I like the comment "Play Straight & Win"
I never underestimate a hungry team. They are usually the one's who come out fighting and they stand a chance of doing damage. Lets just hope our kids still have that fire at Summer Nationals.
In refferance to the Nike Guy. (Evan) He was there and spent time with both clubs. His job is to get his product out to as many people as he can. I daubt that he gave away equipment and suited the Islandwide Quest Select teams at no cost from head to toe. I know that he is our to try to get as many teams as possible in the Nike Gear but I don't think he would just go out and give the equipment away. We worked out our sponcership with Nike during the Summer at NARCh. We had talked to Nike 2 years ago when we first started and were declined. I stayed intouch with Nike until we finally got things going. Evan sat with a group of our parents and watched a few games with us and talked about the guys. The topic was not about the gear. He's (Evan) a very sociable guy. IQS did have everything from head to toe Nike. We also have from Head to toe Nike. The boys are getting used to some of the gear. I know that a few need to get used to the helmet and also the skates. SOme haven't broken in the gloves. But they do have them. We also haven't been able to fit everyone either because of the ice conflict. But by nationals our groups will be wearing the Nike stuff without a problem. It would be nice to get a free ride. Nothing comes for free. You learn this as you grow up. There is always a price for everything. Evan does us good and we respect him for that. He even spent time with us on the bench during a few games. He's seen a lot of our boys during the past 6 months so for him to spend some time with the IQS was fine. I know that I too spend time talking to parents that I know from other teams and other players as well. I've seen lots of these players grow up from 4-5 year olds and have known quite a few for 8-9 years. Evan also being a local person from Philadelphia and being a hockey player himself knows lots of people. Did anyone notice that the Firebirds were also wearing Nike Gear. Frank McManus worked out a package for his players and they bought the gear. They look good too. There were 3 clubs that were wearing the Nike Gear. Islandwide Quest Select, Firebirds and Us. Hopefully this clears up any confusion.
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