HALIFAX, N.S. — The Battalion from the Delaney Hockey Program (DHP) in Harbour Grace defeated the NL Rock Devils 3-2 in Halifax, N.S. June 3rd to capture gold.
The Battalion’s win-loss record for the tournament was 4-0 with one tie. The team netted 29 goals in total and allowed 7, resulting in a plus-minus differential of 22.
The program is run by Ryan Delaney and Keith Delaney of Harbour Grace. Both coaches have hockey backgrounds, play with the Caribous and have won a Herder Championship.
Keith Delaney from North River N.L. was drafted in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers in the sixth round 155th overall. Keith played in three leagues over the course of his career, the Atlantic University Sport, the Ontario Hockey League, and the American Hockey League. He is now passing his talent on to young hockey minds with the help of Ryan.
“Let me start by thanking everyone who has supported the Delaney Hockey Program,” Ryan said. “We decided to try a travel team this year and felt that we had enough talent to compete in the top tier Atom division.”
With short notice and limited ice time, the DHP assembled a team of top talent from the east to the west coast of the province he says.
Shortly after only four practices and two exhibitions games, the team headed to Halifax, Nova Scotia to compete against some of the top teams in Atlantic Canada.
The day they chose for travel, however, was not picked. A storm caused havoc for St. John’s International Airport and for other means of transportation.
“With all the flight delays and cancellations, it was uncertain that we would even have our full team make the trip,” Ryan said. “With great dedication from both parents and players they all found a way to make it to Halifax for the first game.”
The team had its ups and downs over the course of the tournament, but was able to clinch a spot in the final game against a very strong Newfoundland team Ryan says.
“The hard work and dedication of these fine group of young men came together, bought into a system and were able to win gold,” he noted. “To say that I am proud of the DHP Battalion hockey team is an understatement.”
The NL Rock Devils win-loss record for the tournament was 4-1. The team netted 22 goals in total and allowed 4, resulting in a plus-minus differential of 18.