Two seasons ago, North Delta Secondary (NDSS) Huskies boys’ ball hockey team went winless throughout their entire season.
Last season, they lost to rival Seaquam on a technicality in the Delta finals.
The teams’ fortunes changed however, on the May 27th weekend, as they won the provincial championship after an impressive 5-0 run.
The team's path to provincials included wins in the Delta Championship and the Fraser Valley Championship, culminating in an exhilarating gold medal win at North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex.
In round-robin play, North Delta beat Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary, Maple Ridge Secondary, and defending champions Panorama Ridge.
The elimination stage saw them knock out Tamanawis in the semifinals before beating Pitt Meadows 2-0 in the gold medal game.
Consisting mainly of Grade 11 students, the squad brought together players from NDSS and its Delta Hockey Academy. This unique blend of talent and culture fostered a strong bond among the athletes, both on the floor and in the classroom. The impact of the team's success extends beyond the game itself, unifying the school and the entire community.
On the day of the gold medal game, the team's only two Grade 12 members, Tanveer Dha and Reece Mann, who served as alternate captains, exemplified exceptional leadership by taking teammates on a visit to their Sikh Temple. This gesture not only showcased the team's commitment to inclusivity, but also deepened their connections within North Delta in a way that that extends beyond the arena.
In the crease, Mathias Hasselmann played a crucial part in the Huskies' success, earning a shutout in the final game and recognition as tournament MVP.
The offensive charge was led by forwards Brogan McNeil, Jakob Oreskovich, Brayden Willis, and Derek Thurston, while defenders Linden Burrett, Nash Holmes, Jack Sears, and Noah Macdonald played a vital role in maintaining control of the game and keeping the opposition at bay.
Coaches Grewal and Redmond expressed their immense pride in the Huskies, emphasizing how their student athletes have not only grown into a formidable team, but also become positive role models for their school. Grewal further highlighted that this inaugural championship sets a strong foundation for the program, paving the way for future success as the sport continues to flourish in Delta.