Excitement is mounting in Trenton as the city prepares to host the 2023 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, set to kick off on Monday, Nov. 13.
The Trenton Golden Hawks will be well-represented at the tournament, with two of their standout players earning spots on the rosters of Team Hawerchuk and Team Oates.
Defenceman Dillon Stiles, a key player for the Golden Hawks, expressed his enthusiasm about the opportunity.
“I’m really excited to represent the team, especially with the tournament here in Trenton. Didn’t really know what to expect, but as soon as I saw that it was here, I made it a goal to myself to make the team,” Stiles said. Despite the presence of numerous NCAA and NHL scouts, Stiles emphasized the importance of staying focused on the game. “As long as I play how I want to play, play my role, that stuff takes care of itself.”
Joining Stiles on Team Hawerchuk is Trenton forward and Belleville native Corbin Roach.
“It is unbelievable,” Roach said. “I am extremely excited, and it is just a bonus that it is here. I can play in front of the team and family and friends. I am extremely grateful.”
Roach added that the tournament as a golden opportunity to garner attention from scouts and further his hockey career.
Trenton’s head coach Derek Smith expressed his pride in the achievement of both players and eagerly anticipates watching them perform on the big stage.
In addition to the Trenton Golden Hawks’ representation, the tournament will also feature former Golden Hawk Robbie Rutledge, now playing for the Maritime Junior Hockey League. Ben Albright of Napanee, who played two games for the Golden Hawks in the 2021-22 season, and Jacob Kovacs, currently with an NOJHL team, will also be participating.
Former Trenton Golden Hawks Head Coach Marty Abrams will be coaching a CCHL club, while Peter Goulet and Josh Hardiman will serve as bench bosses for an NOJHL club.
The Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge will bring together star teams from the Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Central Canada Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Quebec Junior League, and the Maritime Junior Hockey League. The action-packed tournament is scheduled to take place in Trenton from Nov. 13 to 15.
Tickets are available at tickets.trentongoldenhawks.ca.