Power Hockey 2000
Thursday, November 30, 2000
Behind team all the way
By ERIC BENDER, Free Press
Sports Reporter Like the entrepreneur who liked the product so much he bought
the company, 12-year-old Keith Peiris sponsored the the club after he made the team.
Peiris is the Grade 7 St. Bernadette student and computer whiz who has established a
company, Cyberteks Design, of which he is president and chief executive officer. Cyberteks
Design is a division of Cyberteks Systems Corporation in London, which provides
e-commerce, Web design, marketing services and Web hosting services.
Peiris' division has been recognized among this year's top 50 Web design companies in
Canada and he's gained national media attention because of his age.
But Peiris also is a goalie.
It's his fourth year of hockey and he's played house league, select and Forest City level
hockey while trying to make a Junior Knights team.
This year, he succeeded and is in net for the Junior Knights minor peewee A team.
Last weekend, while playing at the Tim Hickman memorial tournament, Peiris' team unveiled
their new sweaters bearing the Cyberteks Design sponsorship logo. Sponsoring the team
sweaters cost him $900.
"I thought about doing it (sponsoring) before, but I didn't say anything because I
didn't want it to be seen as a bribe for evaluation," Peiris said.
After he was selected for the team following tryouts in July, he announced what he had in
The players were happy and his coach, Roland Pourier, was relieved that the team had a
sponsor, said Peiris, who also purchased a banner to flourish at home games that says:
Hockey at its Best, Junior Knights, sponsored by Cyberteks Design.
Peiris wears No. 33 and describes himself as a butterfly-style goalie.
"The team isn't doing so well right now," he said.
Peiris has yet to record a shutout this year and the worst game was when he was pulled
after letting in five goals. The alternate goalie was also beaten for five goals and the
team lost 10-1.
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