By PATRICK THOMAS
Most people would consider themselves sports fans here in Alabama. Some might even call themselves fanatics. But to say, “I love hockey”? Yeah, that might be a stretch.
The Pelham Bantam Panthers are that exception. “Hockey is awesome,” said Austin Gleason, of Highland Lakes, who plays goalie on the team. “We have an ESPN NHL package so we get every game that comes on TV.”
The Pelham Bantam Panthers club team won the International Silver Stick Trophy at the North American Silver Stick tournament in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, in 2011.
In January, the Pelham Bantam Panthers, consisting of sixteen boys ages thirteen to fourteen from Birmingham and the surrounding areas, headed back to vie for their second Silver Stick Trophy. The team was rewarded a return trip to the Silver Stick Trophy after they won the southern regional tournament in Huntsville, competing against teams from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Continue reading