One of the highlights over the years for the Rapids was when they captured the title at the 2010 Bell Capital Cup in the Major Peewee AA division.
CORNWALL, Ontario - In 1988 the NHL champions were the Edmonton Oilers, Wayne Gretzky had yet to play a game in the black and silver of the LA Kings and Mario Lemieux had not yet sipped champagne from the Stanley Cup.
Oh yah...and there was no such thing as the Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association – not yet, anyway.
Fast-forward 25 years and there are plenty of changes on the ice - but still some familiar faces behind the scenes.
One of them is Mark Desnoyers, the vice-president of the league who has been part of the executive every year since its creation back in the late 1980s.
In an interview Desnoyers said the longevity and success of the league and its teams which go by the moniker "Rapids" can be attributed to one factor - volunteers.
"If it wasn't for them we couldn’t keep this thing going," he said. "All we do is steer the ship."
Meanwhile there are dozens of volunteers down in the bowels of the good ship “Seaway Valley”, plugging away weekend after weekend, practice after practice, helping to keep teams on time and competitive.
"You just have to keep pushing and moving forward," said Desnoyers.
The Seaway Valley program is marking its silver anniversary in style this year. On Oct. 26 all nine teams in the league will play at the Benson Centre in Cornwall.
All former league executives, players and officials have been invited to return that day to swap stories and enjoy the camaraderie that develops in minor hockey circles.
"We have to put in a lot of work over the years," said Desnoyers.
And during a season too. Typically Seaway Valley teams begin tryouts in mid-August and the playoffs don’t begin until early February.
If a team goes on a playoff run, they could play into April.
Desnoyers said the commitment shown by parents and coaches - not to mention players - has created a hockey mainstay.
"The teams are playing at least twice a week, plus practices and they're allowed up to five tournaments during the season," he said. "You'll always do what you can for your kids."
For more information on the anniversary, check out the league's Facebook page here.