The 1,000 Shot Challenge is a runaway hit!

We’re overwhelmed with the number of players – both Bulldogs and not!! – who are taking part in the 1,000 Shot Challenge. 

Way to go everyone!

We heard Nate C. took 300 shots in a day.

William M. has gone over 100 shots.

Cade and Max have cleared the 200 mark.

We know Connor P. is well on his way.

We’ve heard from grandparents who have said: “Not at my house you don’t!”

And we’ve heard from Dylan, who got a little carried away! Here’s the report from his family:

“Dylan started his morning after being back from 10 days at the cottage with some wrist shots. He was eager to catch up. He did 100 shots in half an hour and got really excited about getting half way through the 1000 by the end of the day.

“He had friends over to help pick up the pucks for him and cheer him on, so he only had to shoot. By 4:30 pm we were at 542 shots and 3 blisters. (wanted to post pictures but couldn’t).

“He put his gloves on from that on – obviously not on mommy’s watch anymore.

“Daddy gave him a new insentive so he kept on going. At this point he just didn’t want to stop.

“By dinner time he had finished his thousand shots to our total amazement.”

My hands hurt just thinking about that.

Way to go, all of you!

The 1,000 shot challenge!

OK Bulldogs, it’s time to get ready for hockey again. And this year, our focus is on SCORING!

To get us rolling in the right direction, we’re launching the 1,000 shot challenge.

Our challenge to you is to practice your wrist shot, and take at least 1,000 shots before our first practice.

And we want to follow your progress, so let us know how many shots – and do it with a puck! – you have taken as you work your way to 1,000 shots.

If you can shoot 100 wrist shots a day, you’ll be there in no time!

Check out this video on tips for a better wrist shot.

Bulldogs welcome George Bell for an exhibition game

Easter Sunday was a great day for the Bulldogs. It marked the first ever game in the blue and gold for many boys – what we hope will become the first of many.

We fielded what in Spring Training would be called a split squad – seven players who played a large number of games with the team this year, and eight who had never played and our goalie, Nicholas, who made it into a couple of games this year.

George Bell was supposed to field a similar team, but ended up bringing a team more reminiscent of the squad we battled through the regular season.

So, into the deeper end we went.

While the score was 7-2, all the coaches were excited by what they saw. Many new players looked right at home. Some looked better at this level than they have in house league.

Gabriel scored our first, and new Bulldog William P. scored the second goal, and also went over the crossbar with a shot. So did Noah, who tried to go backhand shelf and instead tossed it over the bar.

The game finished with a great capper – a full shootout. We saw some great moves, and goals from Tom, Brady, Malone and Cole R. For the record, the Bulldogs won the shootout and Nicholas stopped George Bell again and again.

All in all, a great Sunday, hope all the players had fun.

Who are those dapper gentlemen behind the Bulldogs bench? The new coaches looked right at home during Sunday's exhibition game.

Who are those dapper gentlemen behind the Bulldogs bench? The new coaches looked right at home during Sunday’s exhibition game.

East York Bulldogs select tryouts

Just a reminder to have May 10 and 11 circled on your calendar for tryouts for next year’s East York Bulldogs.

For the novice year, kids born in 2006, we will have two teams – if not more. So don’t miss out on a great opportunity for fun, development and more hockey!

Tryouts are expected to be at East York Arena, and the novices will likely be in the morning.

The coaches of the two teams are Rob Granatstein, James Madge and Jonathan O’Keefe for one team, Ben Colborne, Mike McInnis, and Cameron Onderisin for the other team.

More information as soon as East York sends it along.