Tourney: Dec 1, 2018
To register in the Youth Sports Tournament 2019:
Deadline is June 8.
The new site went live today at 3:45pm.
Awards, Statistical Leaders and All-Star Teams have been added. Tournament Records have been updated.
Team Standings and Round Robin Player Stats have (finally) been completed.
Tournament Rules have been updated. Also, Tournament Records have been added.
Check out the Tournament History page and Mush's Corner
NOTE: not all the players may have been mentioned on each Championship team. If you are aware of one who was not mentioned, please let me know so we can update it.
The Official Round-Robin Schedule is now up!
NOTE: the round-robin should end around 4:30pm insha-Allah.
by Mushahid Ali
With this debate of who are the best players it got me excited into creating this particular list - I've been fortunate enough to play in these tournaments since they started over 10 years ago and feel that that present crop of top players have not reached the level of players in the past - Believe or not I had to re-write this because I lost it the first time! -
So here we go with my list:
2 - Sami Serhan (F) - Personally I have never seen anybody more skilled, talented or better - He was so good it was dirty - Eats Scoring titles for breakfast lunch and diner - Snacks on them too - He led the 786ers to a surprise championship in his first tournament - Funny story, when he teamed with the Brothers in their most stacked team ever, he won the playmaking award as well as leading them in points - His reward? A one-way ticket to the laughable 'Defenders' where he was literally treated like royalty - Most of the time he did not play a lick of D, but did Gretzky? - Put it this way if the NHL scouts were to descend upon our tournaments and they were to take one player with skating being equal...Folks Sami Serhan would be the one air lifted
4 -Ansar (G) - The only goaltender to make the list - A Glove from God - Ansar's performances for the 'Brothers' in the playoffs have been legendary - He almost single-handedly prevented the 'Sharpshooters' from winning at least one championship - A regal like presence, he played with cheesy junior street hockey pads found at Canadian Tire - Not the most technically sound but a big net minder who relied on his excellent reflexes - His detractors say he was blessed with the best defence - True, but then who was better or even close - Still not convinced? Just ask Faisal on how good he was....case closed
5 -Sokat Sheikh (F) - What a great hockey name, eh - One of my favourites, He was a star right from the get go - Played for his home team the 'Sharpshooters' an offensive powerhouse squad - Won 4 scoring titles - And what a shot - His shot is the standard where all other hard shots are judged against - I can right a thesis on his shot but lets just say that Omar Hussein banned the full-wined up slap shot for a couple of early tournaments b/c of him - At first he possed an awesome one-timer an art I feel he should re discover - An underrated passer, good size and physical when need be - The only knock on him was that he was unable to pull one out for the 'Sharpshooters' - Also the best dressed player from the gloves, jersey, hat, stick to his shoes - He looks like a hockey player -
6 - Shaquille Zaidi (F) - A relative unknown among the casual onlooker; however all he needed were the two tournaments to cement his place in Muslim tournament history - Led the physical Le Onda squad to the finals in their inaugural appearance where he won the scoring title - Lost to the brothers in a one sided affair 5-1 but did beat them in the Round-Robin - A game that resembles Faisal's, a heady player who plays a complete game - Faisal has a deep respect for his ability - A top flight player who plays still plays against elite level competition in Dollard -
7 - Jan (F) - A multi faceted player who is regarded has the first real superstar of our community - Simply, terrorized MCQ pick-up hockey in the late 80's and early 90's - Can put on a stick -handling clinic - He dared kids to take the ball off of him for fun - Was part of one of the potent lines in history with Sami Serhan and the 786ers - His two-way game allowed Sami to be even more explosive offensively - A mythical figure - A legend
10 - Amir Sheikh (D/F) - I already know I'm going to take a beating for this - Call it the captains pick reminiscent of the Ryder Cup selection - He is the only role player to make the list - Won an incredible 6 championships and your wondering 3 w/o Faisal's 'Brother' - Provided much needed leadership for the 'Lions' to finally win one - A true class act, great locker room guy, big, strong as an Ox and possessed the best wrister in his day - A gentleman like player who knew how to play the game – Would have a hard time making the list of the top 25 players based on skill and talent but he makes this particular list in my humble opinion -
Montreal-Wide Hockey Tournament
At Vanier College
Saturday, March 11 (all day)
Limited spacing: 12-15 teams - first come, first serve
Cost = $125/team
More details to follow.spread the word!!
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- Indicate who the captain is
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