St. Stephen Aces Jr. A Hockey Club

St. Stephen Aces return to Grand Manan

The St. Stephen Aces are once again teaming up with the Grand Manan Minor Hockey Association as the Junior A club plans a visit to the island community this Sunday, Feb. 12.

The Aces will travel to the island on the morning ferry from Blacks Harbour for a full day of activity on and off the ice. The special day is sponsored by Pita Pit St. Stephen, AE Horne & Son Ltd. and Sweeney International Marine Corp.

“The Aces visited Grand Manan in our first season, two years ago, and it was a real thrill for our players to take the ferry and see this unique part of our province and meet some really great people,” said Bob Sweeney, Aces VP Business Operations and a key organizer of the event.

Chris Rayner, from the Grand Manan Minor Hockey Association and Recreation Director for the island village, said the whole community is excited about the Aces visit.

“It’s great to have an event like this at our arena. Our players, coaches and parents will learn a lot from the Aces and their coaching staff and the whole community is excited, really. The public skate will be fun and to see the pace and skill of a Junior A practice will be pretty eye opening I think,” Rayner said.

Since the team was founded, the Aces have pledged to be involved in the community in St. Stephen and throughout the region. Next Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2-4pm, the Aces will take part in a public skate at the outdoor Michael E. Morton Memorial Community Built Skating Rink in St. George.

Aces on Grand Manan – Schedule of Activities

11:30am Arrival at the rink and team meal (sponsored by Pita Pit St. Stephen)

12:15 – 1:30 Off-ice Hockey Clinic (open to coaches & parents)

  • Respect in sports for officials and athletes
  • players
  • coaches
  • parents
  • fans

12:30 – 1:30 Kids Ball Hockey with the ACES in the gym

  • Teams of 6 combining 3 ACES with 3 kids
  • 15 minute games
  • Kids should pre-register at the Rec Centre in groups of 3

2:15 – 2:45 Aces Practice

3:00 – 3:30 ACES Group #1 Clinic

IP / Novice 1⁄2 ice & Goalies 1⁄2 ice

3:30 – 4:00 ACES Group #2 Clinic

Atom /PeeWee 1⁄2 ice & Midget 1⁄2 ice

4:00 – 5:00 Public “Skate with the ACES”

5:30 – 6:30 Community Potluck Supper with the ACES

6:30 ACES depart to board ferry for home