Ecay Traders credit young talent for dominance on the rink

The Ecay Traders have proven thus far that they are the team to beat on the rink.

Boasting the best record in the 13 and Under division, at 8-1, in the Kings Sports Centre Youth Roller Hockey League, the Traders head into playoffs having already secured the No. 1 seed. Led by an experienced coaching staff, Dan Allard and Rich Hastings have worked with their team in playing a solid, all-around game. This can be seen through their impressive goal differential of +52. Ecay have the most goals for (88) in the league, as well as the least goals against (36).

The success of the Traders is due to their young core of players that have risen to a higher level. Kyler Doyle, Justin Hastings, Nick McCallum and Jack McGregor are all first-year players in this division, yet they have proven to be difference makers. The deep line-up, along with the top scorer in the league in Kai Robinson-Allard, has created havoc for opposing teams. Robinson-Allard, who is in his sophomore season in the 13U division, is leading the league with 36 goals, 18 assists and 54 points in nine games.

Two more regular season games remain prior to the playoffs. As the Traders have already secured the No. 1 spot, they aim to continue to work on their game and adjust their game plan as needed. It should be noted three other teams compete in the division: the 5-1-3 Hudson Hawks, 2-2-5 Islanders and the 1-1-7 Ernst and Young Eagles. Based on the current standings, Ecay are slated to face the Eagles in their opening round playoff fixture on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Kings.

Aside from Ecay, a number of teams are doing well. The 7-1-1 KPMG Canucks have a commanding lead atop the 10U division while the PwC Predators have a tight battle for first place in the 8U division.

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