Taking the next step
After coming oh-so-close to a TELUS Cup berth last year, the Moncton Flyers want to play for a national title close to home
David Kelly
January 21, 2016

One win away.

That’s how close the Moncton Flyers were last season to their second berth at the TELUS Cup in less than five years.

It gave the John DeCourcey-coached club a glimpse at what the road to Canada’s National Midget Championship looks like as a handful of returning players and an experienced coaching staff take a run again this season.

“They had a great experience last year,” DeCourcey said.

The Saint John Vito’s are this year’s hosts for the TELUS Cup. The six-team tournament will be played in Quispamsis at the qplex from April 18-24. New Brunswick was also the host of the prestigious national tournament in 2002.

“It’s the dream of every Midget player to get to the TELUS Cup,” said DeCourcey. “That’s the ultimate goal.”

DeCourcey is in his eighth season behind the bench for the Flyers, who also made a TELUS Cup appearance in 2009. DeCourcey said his team has eight 15-year-olds this season, but that hasn’t changed the focus he wants his players to maintain.

“They’re keen to get to the TELUS Cup,” he said, adding that the journey is a long one.

Thanks to last season, the goal is a little more real for players like captain Samuel Bastille, alternate Alex Eisliger, Michael Joseph and the handful of others who were part of the 2014-15 Flyers who came oh so close.

Moncton is often a favourite in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League. In fact, the Flyers have finished first or second at the end of the regular season – more often than not it was a first-place finish – every season since 2007-08.

With the Vito’s welcoming the country's top teams this spring, the target of the circuit’s other squads is likely focussed squarely on the host, but Moncton could be a dangerous team for opponents to underestimate down the stretch

“Saint John is the team to beat,” DeCourcey said, “[but] we’re not that far off the mark.”

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Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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