Novice team wins silver in 2016-2017 NDHL playoffs !

The Novice team began their playoffs on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.

The team played against the North Bay Ice Boltz and lost with the score being 3-2.

The team then played again at 10:00 am on Saturday against the Almaguin Gazelles; they played hard but had a 3-2 loss.

The team had another chance against the East Nipissing Vipers at 5:00 pm on Saturday and won with an 8-3 lead.

Come Sunday, the team played in the semi finals at noon against the East Nipissing Vipers 2 team and won 5-3. This gave the team the opportunity to advance into the finals.

In the finals, the team played at 3:00 pm against the Temiscaming Royals and played their hearts out!!!! They ended up with a 7-2 loss, but couldn’t be happier with bringing the silver home.

The whole coaching staff is incredibly proud of our team. What a way to end our season!

Way to go ROCKETS !!!

Vets play big part in capturing 2016-2017 midget tournament

On February 10, the Midget Rockets travelled Highway 11 north to New Liskeard and participated in the Temiskaming Shores annual hockey tournament.


Novice team plays hard in 2016-2017 Nickel Centre Winter Blast tournament !

Nickel Centre Winter Blast hockey tournament logoThe Mattawa Rockets Novice team participated in the 2017 Nickel Centre Winter Blast hockey tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association located in Garson, Ontario. The tournament was held on January 27, 28 & 29, 2017.

The players had a blast, played hard in four (4) games with the 4th game going into a 4 on 4 overtime. Even though the team didn’t bring home the gold, they brought home lots of smiles and memories.

Atoms team brings home gold and banner from 2016-2017 Nickel Centre Winter Blast tournament!

Nickel Centre Winter Blast logo The Mattawa Rockets Atoms team brought home a gold medal and the banner from the 2017 Nickel Centre Winter Blast hockey tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association located in Garson, Ontario. The tournament was held on January 27, 28 & 29, 2017.

The Atoms played exceptionally well as a team. It was an incredible weekend. Parents and coaching staff should also be recognized for their dedication and commitment to ensure this team had a successful and fun-filled weekend of hockey.

Mattawa Rockets pay it forward – XMAS 2016!

The Mattawa Minor Hockey Rockets’ Squirts, Tykes and Novice teams in the past years have had a visit from Santa Claus during their last practice before Christmas where Santa distributed a gift to each player.

This year the teams decided to do something a little different and to make Christmas a little brighter to those under home care, in the Mattawa Hospital or clients of Community Living.

Each player bought a gift suitable for these patients and clients and brought it to their last practice on the Monday before Christmas. Santa and his Elf joined the players on the ice and showed off some of their stick handling skills and then joined them and their families upstairs where everyone enjoyed pizza and great desserts and treats prepared by the hockey Moms and Dads.

After eating and visiting with Santa it was time to get down to work. The players and their families sat at tables and on the floor and carefully wrapped and labelled each gift.

Annie, a Home Care nurse and hockey Mom, who came up with the idea that the parents and players immediately embraced, took the wrapped gifts and on her day off on the Friday before Christmas, personally delivered each gift to a home care client so as to not breach the confidentiality of the identity of the patients.

Later that day parents and Rockets players delivered the remainder of the gifts to Community Living and the Mattawa hospital for their clients and patients.

This was a great project which highlighted the spirit of giving at Christmas and hopefully added some cheer to those who received the gifts.

Well done !
Congratulations Rockets, coaches and parents !!

Mattawa Rockets hockey files

by Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder


The hockey files shows that the Tyke Rockets, with a small roster, is having a hard time as of late, but things can only go up for the club.

In recent action, the Rockets lost three games, two at home at the Mike Rodden Arena and one on the road to Astorville. The scores were 6-2 and 3-2 in Mattawa, and 5-0 away from Mattawa. Lauren Janveaux scored three of the four goals for Mattawa in those games while Chase Rodgers had the other.


Novice Rockets take home Silver in 2016-2017 tournament in Deep River!

by Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder

The Novice Rockets travelled to Deep River, a town of about 4,200 people in Renfrew County about an hour east of Mattawa, on December 3rd to participate in a tournament and retreated home with a silver lining.