Fran Rider, president of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association speaks at a press conference where is was announced the Sudbury is hosting the 2019 Esso Cup in Sudbury, Ont. on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Gino Donato/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network
First time hosting national midget girls hockey championship
Deidre Debassige knew, when she and her parents committed to joining the Sudbury Lady Wolves, that they were in for a lot of travel, including regular two-hour trips from M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island to the Nickel City.
They may not have known just how far Debassige would go – to the 2014 Esso Cup national midget girls hockey championship in Stoney Creek, where her Lady Wolves captured bronze, then to the 2015 tournament in Red Deer, Alta., where Sudbury won gold.