The Huron-Perth Major Atom Lakers recently completed an outstanding ‘AAA’ hockey season.
Two of the Lakers were from St. Marys. Goalie Aaron Waugh is the son of Mike and Tammy Waugh, and defenceman Sam Sedley is the son of Jim Sedley and Crystal Spearin.
The Major Atoms (2003 birth years) played 76 games this 2013-14 season, compiling an overall won-loss-tied record of 40-27-9.
Lakers competed in a total of four tournaments, with the following results:
They were semi-finalists at the London Jr. Knights Early Bird tournament, and finalists at the Tim Horton’s Invitational in Hamilton.
The Major Atoms also reached the quarter finals at the Shanahan tournament in Toronto. It was a tourney that featured 48 teams from across North America. Lakers finished a very respectable 11th overall.
They were also accepted by invitation to compete in the International Silver Stick tournament.
Lakers finished second overall in Alliance regular-season play with a strong record of 21-8-3.
After series victories over Brantford 99ers (6-4) and Sun County Panthers (7-3), the Atoms reached the Alliance playdown finals against Kitchener Jr. Rangers, who had finished first overall.
Lakers lost to Kitchener in the playdown finals in a six-game series. They were the only team in the Alliance League to beat the Jr. Rangers this year (beat them once in regular season play and beat them once in the playdowns along with two ties).
In total, Lakers played 16 playoff games.
The H-P Major Atoms were coached by Mitchell resident Kory Dietz, Brent Powers and former NHLer Greg DeVries.
Two key members
In an interview with the Journal Argus last week, Dietz said Sedley and Waugh played a key role in the Atoms’ success this past season. In fact, the head coach couldn’t say enough good things about the two St. Marys lads.
“Sam’s a dynamic player,” Dietz said. “He’s got a real good skill set, and he’s got a good future ahead of him in the game.
“He’s offensive, and he can dominate at times. He can control a whole game, to be honest, when he comes to play. And he’s got a real good attitude and a good work ethic in practice as well.”
Dietz says Waugh was one of the best goalies in the league.
“Aaron formed a good tandem (with Kyle Powers of Stratford), and he played every other game all year,” the coach said. “You look at our goals-against record, and they were a big reason why we were so successful.
“Aaron is very coachable and works well with our goalie coach. He works really hard at the position, and he took a big step forward this year as far as his skill development. He works hard in practice, which allows him to be successful in games.”
Both Sedley and Waugh will play for Kory Dietz again next season. The two players recently signed with the H-P Minor Peewee Lakers.
“Both boys (Sedley and Waugh) really enjoy the game,” Dietz noted. “You can see that they’re from really good families, and they’re both really coachable. They were just a delight to have around.”
--The Major Atom Lakers would like to thank all their supporters, friends, and family for all their support and encouragement this season.