District players selected to ‘AAA’ PeeWee team

Four players from Rainy River District have been selected to the Sioux Hawks “AAA” PeeWee regional all-star team that will be vying for a berth in the provincial tournament next March.
Jermaine Atatise, Andrew Wiersema, and Ian Lockman, who all play for the KC PeeWee “AA” rep team here, earned a spot on the squad along with Eric Mosbeck of the Emo Predators.
Head coach Doug Lawrence said the four district players bring a good mix of physical play and puckhandling ability to the Hawks’ lineup.
“Each of them brings something different but the team selected players with the skills we wanted,” said Lawrence, in his first year as head coach of the team now based out of Sioux Lookout.
It has been based in Kenora the previous three seasons.
KC head coach Lorne Ricard said he wasn’t surprised four players from the district made the “AAA” team. In fact, he heard Atatise, who scored five goals in a game against Dryden on the weekend, and Lockman were rated as the top two players at the camp.
Traditionally, the “AAA” team has played a best-of-three series with the Thunder Bay Kings (with the Lakehead squad winning the last two) but Lawrence noted they won’t know until perhaps January as to whether the format will change.
He said he has heard rumblings that a team from east of Thunder Bay will be joining the mix, forcing a round-robin format among the three squads.
Until then, the Hawks will try to arrange as many games and practices as possible without interfering with the players’ regular teams.
“We try to co-ordinate around the players’ schedules but it’s obviously a challenge. You just work around it the best you can,” Lawrence noted, adding he is looking at just a handful of games and practices.
Just 19 players survived the final cuts from the about 50 who had attended the identification camp and two separate weekend tryouts.