They are a national finalist in the Rogers Hometown Hockey Cheer Like Never Before Contest and will need your votes to win.
From April 2-7, visit http://www.hometownhockey.com/cheer, and vote for their video from every device each day.
“We would love to get all the support of the community and get everyone voting daily, plus sharing on Facebook and Twitter where we can get additional votes,” coach Preston Pardy said.
The prize is an ultimate NHL experience — an NHL playoff viewing party hosted by a surprise NHL Alumni; an equipment package; an on-ice experience hosted by a special guest; and a photo op and meet and greet with an alumni or current NHL player.
The team and their creative cheer, created by Linda Nuotio-Flynn (parent of Parker Flynn) are representing Newfoundland and Labrador, and are hopeful for support of Grand Falls-Windsor residents, the province and beyond.
“The boys had a ton of fun practicing,” Pardy said. “We got together a dozen times and did the cheer over and over and over. Besides being a ton of fun for the kids, it was something where they had a chance to learn their Newfoundland traditions as well.”
A lot of work went into learning the cheer, according to 11-year-old Anthony Byrne. They practiced for two weeks.
“I thought we were going to win because we had a really good cheer,” Anthony said. “It was the most Newfie cheer. We used ugly sticks and spoons.”
Ten-year-old Grayson Pardy said, “It was really fun to do it with my team and it was really good.”
The cheer went up to a regional vote that took place leading up to the Hometown Hockey event in Grand Falls-Windsor in October. During the broadcast the finalists were on stage to do the cheer live in front of the panel of judges — a nerve-wracking experience, Greyson said.
“But it was really fun,” he added.
The panel of judges picked the Atom 2 team as the regional winner for Grand Falls-Windsor’s Hometown Hockey.
“It was awesome. All of us were tossing our Gatorade bottles down at the back of the stage and we were yelling so loud,” Greyson said, adding all of the Hometown Hockey experience was fun, but doing the cheer was his favourite part.
“I was overjoyed and I was happy that I could do it with…my team,” Anthony said, adding a huge thank you to those who voted.
The thoughts of going up against other teams nationally is giving Greyson mixed emotions.
“I’m really nervous and I’m excited at the same time,” Greyson said. “Please vote for us.”
“The video will be online featuring our Newfoundland culture and heritage and the excitement of the boys,” Pardy said.
The coach said Newfoundland won this competition the last two years: Corner Brook last year and the year prior Mount Pearl.
“Obviously Newfoundlanders support their own,” Pardy said. “We are sending this out to all Newfoundland to support the Atom 2 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.”
The kindness and support that has helped them get this far in the competition is greatly appreciated, the coach said.
“We are so thankful to everyone for getting us this far and we are very excited for the finals,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue a three-peat for Newfoundlanders to win.”