BARENEED, N.L. — It was a memorable 10 days for Corey Parsons of Bareneed. The young defenceman recently returned home from an international ball hockey tournament in the Czech Republic.
“It’s was a great experience,” the 15-year-old told The Compass. “You got to meet people from different countries. Some didn’t speak (English), and I got to make a bunch of new friends on my team.”
Parsons helped Canada East finish fifth in the 10-team Junior World Cup under-16 tournament, won by a group representing Western Canada.
Canada East would have earned a spot in the final if not for a 7-6 overtime loss to the under-15 Czech Republic team. Parsons contributed two assists in five games.
“It was a very high level of competition, nothing like what you could get (in Newfoundland),” Parsons said.
The teenager, who last season spent his time on ice with the Tri Pen Osprey in the provincial midget league and the Ascension Collegiate Astros, had never traveled to Europe prior to the tournament.
To get ready for the June 28-July 1 event in Přerov and Zlín, both located in the eastern portion of the Czech Republic.
Prior to the tournament, Parsons attended a training camp in Plzeň, the birthplace of former NHL stars Petr Sýkora and Martin Straka.
“It was a great country, different from home here,” said Parsons, who walked to most of his games and also took in a full-day river cruise, “. . . a lot of nice cool scenery … The roads were cobblestone.”
Beyond the world tournament, Parsons has a busy ball hockey schedule lined up for the summer. He’s a member of the Team Newfoundland and Labrador under-17 squad travelling to New Brunswick at the end of July for nationals.
Parsons was also scheduled to play at the provincial under-17 tournament in St. John’s July 12-15 with a club from the Metro Ball Hockey League.