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Hockey Champion

Drew Canada. Photo provided (click for larger version)
September 28, 2011 - Junior Drew Canada is prepping for another season in the Wheelchair Hockey League, starting next month.

The last season was a great success. The Clarkston High School student helped his team the Michigan Mustangs to become first official U.S. Powerhockey Championships.

The tournament was held August 5-7 at Nuemann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. Canada and his teammates competed against teams from Minnesota, North Carolina and Philedelphia for the crown.

The team beat rival Minnesota Selects, 9-5, Philadelphia Powerplay, 8-4, and Carolina Fury, 5-1 and 5-0. They beat Minnesota Selects one more time in the finals, 8-4.

PowerHockey is the sport of floor hockey, in which the athletes compete in electric powered wheelchairs and have a wide range of disabilities. Michigan has had a travel PowerHockey team since 2000 and the Mustangs have competed in six previous tournaments; two in Toronto and Minnesota, North Carolina and Calgary.

The Mustangs won Gold at the North Carolina Invitational in 2009. They followed it up with winning Silver at the 2010 North American PowerHockey Cup in Toronto.

Canada has assisted in the Michigan Mustangs record of 16-2-0 in national tournaments. The record is from the last two years.

Canada joined the Wheelchair Hockey League in 2006 and was already interested in the sport

He began by learning how to play defense and the game before learning the forward position.

The Powerhockey location for next year is yet to be determined but the options include Calgary or the Mustangs hosting the event.

Canada enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings and can be found at the Clarkston Wolves Varsity Football and varsity basketball games or the freshman football team's games cheering on his brother, Merrick.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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