Dual wins for East End Toronto Catholic schools

Neil McNeil’s junior boys hockey team captured the TDCAA city championship on Feb. 26 for the first time in over three decades. PHOTO: Submitted

It’s an event over 30 years in the making.

Neil McNeil Catholic School’s Junior Boys hockey team claimed the Toronto District AA City Championships late last month – a title they haven’t held since 1983.

The team was 10-2 in the regular season, finishing in first place. They faced off against Bishop Allen in the championships Friday, Feb. 26, and cruised to a 5-0 shutout win.

This year’s victory was a welcome shift from last year, where the team finished in a similar place in the regular season, but were defeated in the championship game.

“The program’s doing really, really well,” said coach Peter Ranson. “We have good strong players coming through the school.”

Ranson chalks up the win to “the dedication of the boys.  They were really focused and wanted to win, and they believed in themselves.”

And he notes that the junior boys’ win bodes well for the senior team in the coming years.

Meanwhile, the Notre Dame Catholic School girls team took home a championship of their own, beating Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto 2-1.

Notre Dame Girls Hockey Champs 2016
Notre Dame Girls Hockey Champs 2016

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