IROQUOIS – Local hockey player Rory Gilmour was part of an elite team of hockey players selected to represent Quebec at “The Show – North American Hockey Showcase” in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 27-July 2.
Billed as a premier event for 2006 birth-year hockey players, “The Show” pit 18 regional hockey teams, nine from the United States and nine from Canada, in a tournament with all the fan-fare of older levels of games including a media day, and all games being streamed online.
Gilmour, from Iroquois, was selected for the team representing Quebec called the Lac St. Louis Lions. As a player in Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO), Quebec was the region he would play in. He was one of four players from HEO selected for the team.
“They were looking for an offensive defenseman. I tried out in May in Montreal,” Gilmour told The Leader. “My parents got the call a few weeks later that I had made it.”
With only three practices under their belt and no exhibition games, the team traveled to Minneapolis for the tournament.
The Lions finished fifth in the Canadian round robin pool, one point out of the tournament playoffs with a record of three wins, five losses and one tie. Gilmour assisted on two goals in the tournament.
“I got to play against the best in North America in my age level,” said Gilmour. “It was a great experience for me.”
Having just completed Grade 5 in the French-Immersion program at Iroquois Public School, Gilmour was able to put his language skills to practical use.
“The coaches and team spoke mostly in French,” said Carrie Gilmour, Rory’s mom. “So it was good practice for him, definitely a learning experience.”
Gilmour completed his 2016-17 season playing for the Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings in the Major-Atom division and plans to try-out for that club’s Double-A Major Peewee team in the fall.