As we enter into the holiday break, that means it’s time for the annual tradition of the McLeod Cup, an event that both staff and students circle on their calendars. 
The McLeod Cup combines all participating staff and students into a pool and a live draft then takes place. A tournament style format is then played with a winning team being crowned at the end. A perfect way to let loose and see the lighter side of the students and staff before the holiday break.There would be five teams in total and about 60 students and staff participating in the tournament. The five goalies who were team captains were Francis Plant, Quillon Bowman, Josh de Boer, Michael Lenhart, and CIHA Programs Coordinator Rejean Amyot. Captains made their picks in that order which was youngest to oldest.Once the teams were selected it was game on! Each team would play four games before the top two teams advanced to a one game final.While it was a friendly tournament, the competition was intense with the amount of highly skilled and competitive students and former professional hockey players littered throughout the staff. It was also a unique opportunity for students and staff to get to know one another on a more personal level as the teams were mixed.Once each team completed their games, two teams were left standing at the top. Team Bowman, who was led by former pro’s Francis Wathier and Corey Cowick along with a strong core of defensemen from all four CIHA teams and Team Amyot, which featured staff from every facet of CIHA along with some very skilled forwards from the Midget teams.Congratulations to Team Bowman on winning the 2017 McLeod Cup with a 6-3 victory over Team Amyot. Team Bowman controlled the play for most of the game, but a late push by Team Amyot kept things close. Team Bowman would add two late empty net goals to secure the trophy.It was the perfect way to cap off the first three months of school by bringing the CIHA family together one last time in 2017 before the students head home for the holiday break!See everyone in 2018! 

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