SOLIHULL Barons Under 12s player Massimo Agostini has helped secure a Midlands victory at the English Ice Hockey Association Conference Tournament.
The 11-year-old net minder was the only member of his team to represent the borough as part of the Midlands Conference team competing in Hull last weekend.
And thanks to his skilled net minding, saving every goal in three out of his four games, the region sailed to victory, beating Scotland 2-0 in the final.
Pete Nicholas, head coach for Solihull Barons Under 12s, said he was “absolutely delighted” with his player who joined the team aged just seven.
“He’s worked hard all season for me, I feel now he has got his reward for all his hard work,” he said.
“I am absolutely proud to have someone from my team representing the area.
“From the first time I saw him play, you could realise his potential.
“His prospects for making a senior appearance for England are good and I firmly believe he will be one of the top net minders in the country.”
Mum Paula, from Whitefields Road, said she was ‘extremely proud’ of her son.
“He trains three times a week and has matches at the weekend,” she said. “And for the Midlands Conference team they would practice from 11pm to 1am on Saturday nights - that’s how dedicated they are.
“And it’s paying off - in the last three years, he has won an award every year.
“Because he’s getting so good now, he needs to be playing for an A league so he’s going to be trying out for Nottingham next week.
“But because he’s a goalie, he can play for both A and B leagues so he can still stay with Solihull Barons, if they say yes.”
Massimo will also be trying out for the Under 13s Midlands Conference team when the next season begins in September, from which many of the national youth players are selected.
The youngster, whose favourite player is Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo in the National Hockey League, said he had felt “really excited” to play for the Midlands.
“It was the best thing that ever happened,” added the St Augustine’s pupil.
“I would love to get into the England team.”
The only other player to represent Solihull was Josh Crane, from the Barons Under 16s, who played for the Midlands Conference Team Under 15s which sadly lost their matches.