Cornwall’s Good Deeds Cup champs are traveling in style

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Cornwall’s Good Deeds Cup champs are traveling in style

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The Cornwall hockey team that keeps making headlines on and off the ice had a special send-off on Thursday afternoon.

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The U13A Typhoons boarded a bus to travel to the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association Provincial Championships being held this weekend in the Toronto area, but until players walked out the front door of the Benson Center and into the blazing sunshine, they had no idea they’d be traveling in such grand style – the coach at the curb had their team name on it, and it advertised the fact they’re Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champions for 2023.

The specially decorated bus for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champs heads toward the Benson Center.  Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
The specially decorated bus for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champs heads toward the Benson Center. Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton ,Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

“It’s our bus for the whole weekend,” said assistant team manager Courtney Lauzon, the club’s spokesperson during what’s been a three-month odyssey for the squad. “(The bus is) catered, and it’s going to be a really special weekend for the girls.”

A Chevrolet camera crew was at the Benson Center to capture the team’s reaction, and parents and other family members – they get to ride too – gathered to take photos from just outside the arena when the big reveal happened.

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The team's coach for the provincials this weekend.  Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
The team’s coach for the provincials this weekend. Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton ,Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

The team this winter completed 343 good deeds to set an all-time record for the national competition, and the Typhoons were spectacular on the ice too. They embarked with a 50 wins, two losses, four ties record that they carried into their first game at the provincials, Friday morning in Etobicoke against the Haldimand Rivercats.

When players gathered inside the Benson Center Thursday, Lauzon told them that these provincials won’t be like previous editions they may have attended.

Assistant team manager Courtney Lauzon addresses the U13A Cornwall Typhoons in the Benson Centre, providing a rundown of upcoming activities for provincials weekend.  Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Assistant team manager Courtney Lauzon addresses the U13A Cornwall Typhoons in the Benson Centre, providing a rundown of upcoming activities for provincials weekend. Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton ,Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

“It’s really important that we are representing Chevrolet and the (Cornwall Girls’ Hockey Association) with integrity,” Lauzon said. “This year (at the provincials) people will be looking at you, they know who you are and they know about the good deeds that you’ve done. You need to carry this (exemplary conduct) on to the weekend.

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The U13A Cornwall Typhoon in the Benson Centre.  Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
The U13A Cornwall Typhoon in the Benson Centre. Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton ,Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

Cornwall, coached by Tracy Zettler, is one of 18 teams vying for the U13A crown, and with 202 goals scored this season, and having allowed just 31 goals, they’re a strong contender. But the Typhoons have other duties to attend to, mainly on Saturday when they’ll be at a semifinal game at the IIHL Women’s World Championship in Brampton.

Lauzon said that during the first intermission of Canada’s semifinal game that’s being televised on TSN, the Typhoons will be on the ice with representatives of Beyond 21 in Cornwall, holding the Good Deeds Cup and presenting an enormous cheque.

All aboard, for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champs.  Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
All aboard, for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champs. Photo on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton ,Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

The Typhoons last month won – and then donated – $100,000, to Beyond 21, the program for adults with developmental disabilities that offers a wide range of activities that enrich social relationships, foster physical health, and provides hands-on learning opportunities.

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