Shayne Dominie, a 14 year old from Harbour Breton, is definitely one of the best young hockey players in Atlantic Canada.
Dominie was recently a member of an Under 15 Newfoundland team that participated in the 16th annual Atlantic Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament that as held in Moncton, New Brunswick during the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Atlantic Challenge Cup draws the best young hockey players from across the four Atlantic Provinces who eagerly try out for positions on each team. There were five-age divisions at this year’s event – Under 14, 15 and 16 males and under 15 and 17 females. There were four teams in each division.
Participating in this annual hockey tournament is no small feat in itself as the best players from each province strongly vie to make each team. In addition, every Atlantic Canadian now in the National Hockey League has played in this tournament at one time or another – players like Sidney Crosby, Michael Ryder, Teddy Purcell, Danny Cleary and Luke Adams.
Dominie’s team has a record of 0- 2 and 1 following the round robin portion of play, which meant they had to play Prince Edward Island for the bronze medal. In the regular round the two teams had skated to a four to four tie. However, the in game that really counted, Shayne and his teammates put on a clinic and won the game on the strength of an 8 to 0 count.
A team from Nova Scotia won the gold medal in this division while a New Brunswick group won silver.
Doug Jackman, from St. John’s, was the coach of the Under 15 Newfoundland team at the tournament.
Jackman said, “Shayne is a physical presence on the ice and he has the skill set to accompany his size. He’s very dependable as a ‘defensive defenseman’ and plays a strong role in that position, especially in killing penalties.
“Shayne is a good hockey player, he’s dependable, you know what you’re going to get out of him, and he was certainly a strong asset for our team in this year’s tournament.”