The girls were selected to join the Pictou County AA Subway Selects at the Bell Capital Cup, the largest atom hockey tournament in the world. The girls will head to Ottawa to play four round robin games and one exhibition game, starting Dec. 29.
It’s not their first time playing with the Pictou girls.
“We’ve been playing with them for like two years now in spring hockey,” Willa said. “They needed defence so they asked me and Baillie to go.”
“Awesome,” Baillie said when asked how it felt to get picked.
This isn’t their first road trip together, either, as the two kids travelled to Vermont earlier in the year for the Vermont Stars Summer Classic.
“That was a lot of fun,” Willa said, adding that she felt it made her a better player when she came back home.
“These tournaments are way bigger, there’s a lot more teams,” said Baillie.
“And the opponents are way faster and better” than the teams they usually face, Willa said.
The Bell Capital Cup has featured teams from all over the world – Nova Scotia to China – in atom and peewee divisions for boys and girls. Past players in the tournament include Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Alex Galchenyuk and more.
It’s also featured Ottawa-born players Cody Ceci and Mark Borowiecki, who the girls will have the chance to see in action when they take in a game between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils.
The girls will take off on the 28th to drive up with their moms, Lesley Evans and Kelly Griffon.
“Girl’s trip!” both moms said in unison.
“We’ll take in an NHL game while we’re there, too, and do some off-ice stuff,” Kelly added. “It should be fun.”
“The off-ice stuff will probably be shopping,” Willa said afterwards, rolling her eyes.
With any luck, the girls could get an up-close look at the Sens thanks to former Truro Bearcats equipment manager Ian Cox, who now works for the NHL club.
The Pictou team will face off against four teams from Ontario, taking on Oakville and Nepean on Dec. 30. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll play Stoney Creek and Oakville’s second team.