For the first time in 18 years, the Trenton Golden Hawks are back in the Ontario Junior Hockey League finals. After what seemed like an easy four game sweep of the Kingston Voyageurs in the North East Conference finals, the Hawks begin their Buckland Cup championship journey in the next few days.
It’s been a season to remember for Trenton as they’ve had little trouble compiling wins throughout the season. Ending it with a record of 44-6-1-(3), the Hawks ran the whole way as league leaders. Players such as Danny Hanlon, Mitch Emerson and Hunter Fargey contributed on a pretty much nightly basis to keep the gold and black machine rolling. The goaltending greatness of Daniel Urbani kept the door closed to the opposition with little trickling through. Injuries were played through; giving the impression that this was Trenton’s time.
“You don’t play for a championship too often.” – Jerome Dupont
Coach Jerome Dupont, (or JD to those around him), demands a high level of execution when it comes to his players. He wants to win with the Trenton Golden Hawks and he wants to win now. A former National Hockey League defenseman with the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, Dupont is used to having winning ways as a coach in the OJHL. Upon his arrival four years ago, he turned his Trenton team from last place dust collectors to a first place powerhouse. His guidance is what propels these Hawks players to the next level. It’s their time.
The 2016 playoffs have been a somewhat easy road for the Trenton Golden Hawks. The first round saw them roll past the Newmarket Hurricanes. Then came the Battle of Quinte as the Hawks were victorious against the Wellington Dukes. A final sweep of the Kingston Voyageurs keeps them at the head of the OJHL pack, salivating at the mouth for a taste of the Buckland Cup. “We have something special and it’s only going to get better from here,” said Hawks forward Kevin Lavoie, “I’m proud of every single person on this team. We believe we can do it and we truly feel that this is our time.”
A Buckland Cup win will send the Hawks to the Dudley Hewitt Cup out in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. If they’re successful, they’ll make the hard road out west to the national championship, the Royal Bank Cup. There’s no reason not to believe these great young group of kids can’t go all the way.
Because it’s their time.
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