Treaty 2 Territory – The U17 Manitoba men’s basketball team features the elite, the very best players in the province. Only 15 players remained following the team’s vigorous tryouts earlier this month. 14 Winnipegers landed a spot on the roster by those who play on some of the best high school teams in the
Treaty 2 Territory – The U17 Manitoba men’s basketball team features the elite, the very best players in the province. Only 15 players remained following the team’s vigorous tryouts earlier this month.
14 Winnipegers landed a spot on the roster by those who play on some of the best high school teams in the province including the St. Pauls Crusaders and Fort Richmond Centurions.
Also sharing a spot on the roster of 15 is an Anishinaabe from nearly 500 kms north west of Winnipeg; Mason Chartrand had never tried out for a provincial team in the past but standing in at 6’8″, the Minegoziibe Anishinabe thought now was a perfect time. Tryouts were rigorous and Mason was tasked with going up against some elite talent. It’s not very often that a player from outside of Winnipeg makes the provincial team in basketball and Mason wanted to change that and nothing was going to stop him.
Mason already defied the odds when he paired up with Kamdyn McKay, Rylan Chartrand and Phillip Desmarais to win the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 national championships in Tempe, Arizona last fall. While Mason was feeling confident heading into Team Manitoba tryouts, he knew it would be a great challenge to make the team and now that he has, he’s thrilled.
“It felt so great for me, especially being the only player outside of Winnipeg,” said Chartrand. “I’m looking forward to all the travelling and bonding with the team, it’s a pretty amazing opportunity for me.”
Team Manitoba will be in Brandon for a pair of games this weekend against Team Saskatchewan. They are then off to South Dakota for a tournament which will be immediately followed up with a tournament in Minneapolis so the next three weeks could include upwards of 15 games. On top of being the only player from outside the city on the team, Mason is also the only Indigenous player on the roster.
“That’s very special for me,” said Chartrand. “I’m very proud that I get the opportunity to represent not just Pine Creek but all of the communities around it. Playing for this team is a dream come true and I will do whatever it takes to help them win.”
Following their action over the next three weeks, the team will continue training in Winnipeg ahead of the national championships in Edmonton late next month.
Our Treaty 2 Territory Anishinaabek Government Congratulate Mason on his incredible tenacity to make it thus far! We know that Mason has the skills, the talent and the attitude to pursue a career doing what he loves – and we believe that someday we will watch him play at the National level with the NBA.
Mino ezhichigen Mason!