Minto Experience Unforgettable For Shepley

Six Nations Arrows - 2014 Minto Cup Champions

Joel Shepley and the rest of the Six Nations Arrows celebrate their Minto Cup win – Photo by Ward Laforme Jr.

Wallaceburg’s Joel Shepley and Jordan Durston, couldn’t have dreamed of a better end to their season. The two players finished their season as Canadian champions, winning the Junior A Minto Cup with the Six Nations Arrows.

While Durston will have another shot next season, this was Shepley’s final hurrah, as he was in his last season of Junior eligibility.

“Winning the Minto Cup is the best feeling,” said Shepley, who was the Wallaceburg Red Devils captain this season. “Growing up in Wallaceburg watching the Red Devils, I’ve always dreamed about winning a Founders Cup. Being able to say I’ve won arguably the hardest trophy in lacrosse to win, is pretty special.”

Shepley, known as a defensive specialist, produced for the Arrows when they needed it most in the series. The Arrows fell behind 2-0 in the Minto Cup against the Coquitlam Adanacs, but Shepley and his teammates were ready for the challenge. Shepley chipped in with three goals and three assists in four games.

Shepley was thankful for ending his Junior career on a high note, with an organization like Six Nations.

“The Arrows are a world-class organization,” says Shepley. “I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for me over the last two years. Being able to win it with this group of guys is something I’ll never forget. They’re my brothers.”

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