Mark Hillier found a nice way to get a break from the ice.
He spent his time wisely, making a name for himself in the ball hockey world.
Hillier, who helped Team Canada to a fifth-place finish at the 2018 International Street and Ball Hockey Federaton U16 World Junior Cup in Czech Republic earlier this month, helped Team NL to a gold medal at the 2018 national Under-17 male ball hockey championships in Fredericton, N. B. over the weekend.
Hillier, who had 11 points, including eight goals in five games, scored three goals to lead Team NL to a 5-3 victory over British Columbia in the gold-medal game Sunday.
Team NL finished with a 4-0-1 tournament record with the Labrador City native getting the nod as the top forward of the tournament as well as Most Valuable Player honours.
Hillier, a draft pick of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be getting back on the ice soon as he prepares for a second season at St. Andrew’s College prep school in Aurora, Ont.
Hillier left Labrador City to play the game at a higher level when he moved to Corner Brook to play two seasons with the Western Kings entry in the provincial major midget hockey league.