Nakodan Greyeyes competes in Europe thanks to the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 27, 2015
Winnipeg, MB – With the support of the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Nakodan Greyeyes recently travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia for the World Selects Invitational tournament, which ran April 21 – 25, 2015. The trip gave the 14-year-old Anishinabe hockey player from Pinaymootang First Nation in Manitoba a chance to test himself against some of the best 2001-born players from around the globe.
“With sports being our most funded sector, we are so proud to see our applicants travel abroad and play in tournaments,” states Sara Awdish, Executive Director of the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation. “Dreamcatcher thrives to keep our youth engaged in sports and physical activities. We hope this experience was memorable.”
At 6’0″ Greyeyes was the third tallest player on the Toronto Pro Hockey team. He moved between center and left wing on all three forward line combinations and received plenty of ice time on the penalty kill. While Greyeyes was unable to register a point during the tournament, he was definitely able to contribute to scoring chances each game and move the puck well in the neutral zone (short video clips available here twitter.com/alangreyeyes/status/590903121242521601 and here twitter.com/alangreyeyes/status/591301022959697923).
“Our team only won one of our six games, but most of them were really close and it was cool to see how fast some of the other teams were and the different kind of systems that they run in Europe,” says Greyeyes. “I had a lot of fun and I feel like this experience is something that I can share with younger Native hockey players when I’m older.”
The 2001 division of the World Selects Invitational included 16 teams from Sweden, Russia, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Latvia, Hungary, Norway, United States, Canada, and the Czech Republic (who won the tournament). The tournament was well organized and each game was streamed live on the Legacy Global Sports website. The games were held on international ice surfaces with two 20-minute periods of action.
Greyeyes travelled to Slovakia with two of his regular season team mates- Jonny Hooker and Michael Ladyman. Hooker’s parents recommended Greyeyes for the team and he received an invitation to join Toronto Pro Hockey in February.
Greyeyes will be playing for the Manitoba Xtreme this Spring. The team, which includes some of the top players in Manitoba, will be working towards a second championship title in the super elite division of the North American Hockey Classic in June.
Greyeyes played for the Bantam 2 AAA Winnipeg Monarchs in the winter. He finished the season with 28 goals and 29 assists in 29 games and the team claimed the City Championship on March 25.
Greyeyes’ story is one of hard work and luck. He started playing hockey when he was 5, got picked up by one of Manitoba’s premier spring hockey teams at age 8, and started working with a personal trainer on speed and agility shortly after his 10th birthday. He’s been lucky enough to have worked with a lot of great coaches over the years and he often gets invited to play on elite spring teams or to participate in elite hockey training programs during the summer months. “I think the coaching that I’ve had since I was little has helped me a lot,” he explains. “Plus I usually play hockey all year, so I get a lot of chances to learn from different coaches and try new stuff on the ice.”
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(Photos provided by Alan Greyeyes)
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