Ross Cup - The Year End Tournament

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - By: Jack P, Whittall ‘20; Photo by Robbie K, Whittall '19

Following February Midterm Break is the culmination of the Brentwood Hockey season: the Ross Cup. It is the year-end tournament for the entire hockey program and the Cowichan Valley High School Hockey League. It is the equivalent of playoffs for Brentwood Hockey, and is the series the teams having been building towards all year.

We host The Ross Cup is annually at Kerry Park Arena in Mill Bay. This year, there are six teams competing in the senior division, as well as five in junior. The junior division includes two Brentwood teams, comprised of splitting the development team in half for the tournament.  All three Brentwood teams aim to have a strong showing, and play with the relentlessness that they have been practicing all year. “The Brentwood teams have to be hard to play against,” says goaltender Graeme R, Ellis ‘20; because with stiff competition in the tournament, grit and tenacity can be the difference.

The round robin portion of the tournament takes place Feb 21-22, with each participating team playing three games during that span. The senior boys play twice on the Thursday, with games against Kelsey and Prince of Wales, and then again Friday afternoon against longtime rival Shawnigan Lake School. Following BCS vs. SLS on Friday, is the Ross Cup Skills event, where representatives from each team get to take part in different competitions such as fastest skater, hardest shot, etc. It is always a highlight for the players, as they get to showcase their specific skills outside of a game scenario.

Both junior Brentwood teams play twice on the Thursday, but the real grudge match begins at 12:30pm on Friday, when the Brentwood development teams play each other in their final round robin game of the tournament. It is sure to be exciting, as both teams will be vying for a spot in the junior final.

The finals for the tournament take place throughout the day on Saturday. No matter what final the Brentwood teams make, we encourage everyone to come out and support Brentwood throughout the tournament, as encouragement from the school is always appreciated by the players. We hope it will be a good showing, as the teams will aspire to make Brentwood proud.

Jack P, Whittall ‘20

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