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Apr 14, 2022 | Amber Currie | 916 views
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2022-23 Season Highlights

Over the past several weeks, I have contacted several news media outlets in the Gananoque area to do an article about the Gananoque Royals Hockey season, with no success. Therefore, I am writing this post to highlight some of the girls’ accomplishments from our 2021-22 season.

Once again, this past hockey season has been affected by various COVID-19 mandates, policy, and protocol changes, starts, and stops to the season and a variety of other pandemic related challenges. Despite these challenges, our Gan Royals have also experienced some great successes this year! We had a record number of registrations this season and look forward to seeing more new faces next year!

We ran a successful U9 program for the first time in several years. These girls came a long way this year under head coach Mark Garrah and his amazing bench staff. They have all gained some incredible hockey skills and have made some life-long friends in the process!

Our U13 division welcomed several newcomers to the sport and have been furiously working on their skills and development. Head Coach Brett Gibson and his bench staff helped the girls navigate their way through a team building year.

Our U15 team finished at the top of their division and took the playoff championship with a nail-biting 4-3 win. Head Coach Will McIntyre is a player favourite behind the bench. Will, his bench staff and the girls look forward to their upcoming year-end tournament in Brampton - I’m sure there’s a few more W’s left in you this year!

This year, the Gan Royals were able to roster two U18 teams. These young ladies finished 1 and 2 in regular league play.

Head Coach Scott Niles and his bench staff coached our more senior U18 team to playoff victory. These girls were also two-time tournament champions this year. Of the twelve skaters, seven of them are retiring at the ends of the season. We are sad to see these ladies go, but once a Royal, always a Royal!

Head Coach Bob Beattie and his bench staff have guided our more novice U18 squad to a successful season! 2 from this roster will be retiring this year and we wish them well. They are headed to Brampton for a season-ending tournament! Good luck girls! We know you’ll make us proud!

Overall it’s been an amazing season and we are excited to grow the GGHA with the help of the ESSO program. Organizer Joanne Carswell and a host of coaches and player volunteers ran the successful program for 30 local girls. The program, sponsored by ESSO, was free and was six-sessions long. The program gave girls new to the sport a chance to work on their hockey skills and ignite a spark for the love of the game.

Thank you to all our volunteers, coaches, parents, and players for a wonderful season! We look forward to seeing everyone at the rink again very soon!

Don’t forget to join us for the AGM on April 24, 2022, at 1 PM (Maverick’s)