Hayden Duncan’s dream of international hockey comes true


Hayden Duncan has dreamed of representing his country while playing hockey. It’s about to come true.
The Grade 7 Brooke Central School student has been chosen to play at the World Selects AAA Invitational at the end of April in Belarus. He’ll play with the Team Draftday North America.
Duncan has been on the ice since he was a toddler. He started playing at three with the East Lambton Minor Hockey League. He’s played hockey at the Rep level and this year, he joined the Lambton Jr. Sting Major PeeWee team as their netminder.

In mid April, Duncan and his mom will travel to Sweden. He’ll begin to practice with his new team before participating in the tournament April 24 to 27.
He’s excited to play against teams from Sweden, Finland, Russia and Belarus. But he admits it is a bit nerve wracking. He won’t get to meet his teammates until he arrives in Sweden.
But Duncan hopes this experience, along with a lot of hard work, will someday lead him to the National Hockey League. “That’s pretty high up on my list.”
Duncan and his family have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the cost of traveling and staying in Europe.


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