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Quinte Red Devils

Belleville Sens and Red Devils strengthening Quinte’s hockey community

August 18, 2022

Not many Minor Hockey Associations can boast that they have an American Hockey League franchise in their community. Even fewer have managed to build a relationship with a professional team. The Quinte Red Devils are a standout, having developed a successful and beneficial connection with the Belleville Senators.

Over the years, the Red Devils have built a reputation of excellence, with many of their top players graduating to the OHL and other elite junior and collegiate programs. Their work with the Belleville Senators has added a new dimension to their association. Specifically, accessing pro-level coaches and services, which will only help their players in the feature.

“It’s been a very positive experience right from day one,” said Quinte Red Devils President Tyler Longo. “Having Troy Mann and David Bell come out and help our association by working with all our age groups. Our players and parents have then been able to build a relationship when you can go to a game to watch and look on the bench and see AHL coaches that have been on the ice with your kids. It’s pretty neat. At the end of the day, the goal for these players is to get to that level and to get an opportunity to see that in your community gives them a little bit of inspiration.”

For the Senators, the program represents another opportunity to grow the game in the Bay of Quinte region.

“It’s amazing to have our local hockey community behind us,” said Account Executive Alex Siragusa. “Our relationship has sufficiently grown in the last year and they’ve taken advantage of what we have to offer. We’re here to represent the City of Belleville and the Region in the best way we can, and making these meaningful connections with them while celebrating their achievements has been great.” 

The Red Devils have enthusiastically embraced the Senators by electing to host their award banquet at CAA Arena last season and will be front and centre once again on November 19th during Quinte Day. An event where all eight teams will play against their counterparts from the AAA Minor Peterborough Petes throughout the day at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre before attending a Belleville Senators game that night.

“The different activities offered towards our association are exciting for our kids,” Longo said. “It has been a great way for our parents and coaches to get out to watch some professional hockey. It’s not too often we get all the teams under the same roof, our families are busy going one way up the highway or the other, so when we get everyone together and celebrate Quinte as a whole, it is a special experience.” 

If your association is interested in partnering with the Belleville Senators, more information can be found on our Minor Hockey Programs page.