Bonavista teens win national Play On street hockey title

An under-17 street hockey team from Bonavista conquered the competition this weekend at the national Play On tournament sponsored by Hockey Night in Canada.
The Mockbeggar Mudslashers from Bonavista won the under-17 championship on Sunday at the national Play On street hockey tournament in Kingston, Ont. (Play On St. John's/Twitter)

An under-17 street hockey team from Bonavista conquered the competition this weekend at the national Play On tournament sponsored by Hockey Night in Canada.

The Mockbeggar Mudslashers defeated the Toronto Gongflow 5-3 in the championship game on Sunday in Kingston, Ont.

Player Nathaniel Duffett said it was a great feeling to emerge as the top teen team in the country.

"It's pretty amazing, considering such a small town, beating out all the bigger cities — especially beating Toronto in the championship," he said in an interview.

The Mudslashers earned their spot at the tournament after coming out on top in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Duffett added that the team received plenty of support from people in the Bonavista area, who used social media to cheer them on.

"They're really excited about it. We had great support from them all," he said.

Duffett said the team is bringing back a replica of the Redwood Cup, as well as medals, championship T-shirts and 60-inch televisions for each player.

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