Hockey Night in Canada

Friday, January 31, 2020 - By: Jack P, Whittall ‘20

Every year, the Brentwood Senior Hockey team gets the pleasure of hosting the Saville Cup. It is no ordinary game; it is a fierce competition for prestige and respect. The opponents - St. George’s School from Vancouver. The expectation - a complete barnburner.

The Saville Cup was named after Mr Bruce Saville, Brentwood parent, for his longtime support of Brentwood Hockey. It is the hockey teams’ Showcase game, where everyone from the Brentwood community is invited out to Kerry Park to watch the group play. Last Saturday was the sixth installment of the event, which has always been an important point of the season for the team. This year was no different.

Coming into Showcase, the exceedingly young Brentwood team had surprised some with our tenacious effort and good fundamentals, but we knew we would be an underdog against a perennially strong team from Saints. We knew we had to stick to our systems and be relentless if we wanted to overcome the nerves of the game and the experience of the opposing team.

It ended up being quite the entertaining game, one that both the fans and the players thoroughly enjoyed.

Although we guys (and gals) dropped a 7-4 decision that night, the experience of being able to play the game of hockey in front of a fiery and energetic Brentwood crowd is an opportunity that cannot be replicated. “Playing in Showcase was a huge highlight for me at Brentwood,” says defenseman Dany A, Rogers ‘22.  “The atmosphere of the game and having everyone cheer the team on was something I’ll never forget.”

Highlights included forward Tait S, Rogers ‘22 putting the team on his back and lighting the lamp twice for Brentwood’s first two goals of the game, as well as defensemen Cooper J, Rogers ‘22 exciting the crowd with a couple of big hits.  Game MVP for Brentwood was forward Will P, Whittall ‘22, and in a feelgood brotherly moment, I gently shed a tear of fraternal pride while I knelt on the blue line. And yes, all those aforementioned players are only in Grade 10. The future looks bright for Brentwood Hockey.

We look to build momentum in the remainder of their regular season leading up to Ross Cup in February, and despite the Showcase loss, the team definitely took a lot out of the experience. And as goaltender Graeme R, Ellis ‘20 soundly put it “Not all games are meant to be won anyway.”

Jack P, Whittall ‘20

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