Nuu-chah-nulth Hockey Champions

Brothers Bryceson and Robin McCarthy proudly hold the Bantam championship after beating rivals Nanaimo 3-1.

Bryceson, who plays center and is also Captain of the Port Alberni Flyers Bantam House team said he’s having lots of fun playing on a hockey team. His brother Robin, who plays right wing and is a fan of Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, said his favorite part of the game is “hitting people”.

The sons of Nancy Gallic and Calvin McCarthy, both boys have been playing for two years, and will be moving up into the midget division next year.

 Also on their team is their cousin Cody McCarthy, and another Nuu-chah-nulth player Joey Byrne.

At one point in the season, the three McCarthy boys played on the same line, which led to a few penalties as they all took it personally when an opposition player dared to go after one of their line mates and family members.

Through the season, the Flyers held an enviable 70% winning record. One of three bantam teams in Port Alberni, the group of 13 to 15-year old boys easily beat Parksville and Nanaimo at the championship held in Nanaimo two weeks ago.

By David Wiwchar

Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter

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