AKWESASNE - After two outstanding seasons with the Seaway Valley Rapids Major Novice A team and a great Spring hockey season with the Ottawa Selects, local phenom Carey Terrance, Jr., from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory was invited to compete for one of six spots for the Toronto-based Pro Hockey Development Program.
The nine year-old Terrance traveled to Toronto the first week of August to compete at an invitation-only tryout against approximately 40 kids from as far away as Florida, Texas, Detroit and from across Ontario. The tryout was heo
ld over a four-day period, with three hours of on-ice evaluations along with two hours of off-ice training. He received the official notification of his acceptance to the Pro Hockey Development Team on August 21. The Pro Hockey Development Team has some impressive alumni including Patrick Kane, Ryan Callahan, Brent Seabrook and Brian Gionta.
As part of this team, Terrance will take part in the Brick Hockey Invitational Tournament for nine and 10 year olds. The tournament has been taking place since 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta. Jonathan Toews, Jordan Eberle, Steven Stamkos, PK Subban and other current and former NHL players have all played at this super novice hockey tournament. The tournament will take place from June 30-July 6 to showcase the top nine and ten-year olds from across Canada and the United States. This year will be extra special since the tournament is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and Pro Hockey are the defending champs.
Terrance began his competitive hockey career playing for the Rapids’s Major Novice A team as a seven-year-old. He was the only seven-year-old to make the team. In his initial year, he scored 11 goals, with four assists to land him as the 14th overall top scorer in the Ontario East Minor Hockey League (OEMHL). In his second year with the Rapids, Terrance scored an impressive 31 goals with eight assists with only 28 games played. He finished the year as the fourth overall point getter in the league despite being on a team which only won nine games with five ties and 16 losses. Carey is not only a great player on the ice, he is considered a great team leader on and off the ice.