Tales from the Timebox: March 26th, 2018
The drought is finally over. Elk Point has final won a provincial medal in hockey. This is the first time in over 20 years. And not just one, not two, but three. All of them silver medals.
In the early 2000’s some of our Elk Point boys won a provincial gold medal playing for a team carded in Dewberry. At the time we never had enough Bantam players to ice a team so we joined forces.
Murray Cochrane coached that team. Murray is now the manager/coach of the Elks senior team. They just won the Senior AA Men’s Provincial silver medal in Bonnyville this past Sunday, knocking out Daysland and Lethbridge. They took on hosts, Bonnyville in the gold medal game; final score 6-2 for the Pontiacs.
The final was against the host Bonnyville senior team that plays in a AA league. Our Sask Alta league is considered A senior hockey. So I would say Murray and the boys made us proud!
The last and only gold medal for Elk Point minor hockey was won in 1995. Our Bantam team winning right here at home. Before that it was 1986 when the Elk Point Peewee team won a silver medal.
This year’s peewee head coach James Capjack played on that 1986 Peewee team.
This year his team was small but mighty. They won the Zone and traveled 9 hours up to La Crete and battled hard to get to the final. In the final they met up with Provost who won the Zone 7 to be at the tournament and were also the top team in their tier one North East League. The same league the Peewee Avalanche played in.
Provost would win the gold. Great job by everyone on the team and the coaching staff for making us proud !
The Midget Avalanche won a silver medal too. They played down in Rimbey in the Midget C Provincials.
Seven players off this team played their last minor hockey game; Goalie Spencer ‘Fortress’ Hardcastle, Chad ‘Pickpocket’ Poitras, ‘Awesome Alex’ Hunter, Brody ‘the Big O’ Odgaard, ‘Warrior Warren’ Ference, Kyle ‘Grinder’ Graus, and Austin ‘Astro’ Axley.
Some tears from their mom’s for sure, and you can bet a few dads too. All of them really good boys, from good families and we will miss them. Very proud of you guys.
Who knows, maybe in a few years, or even next year they will suit up for Murray and the Senior Elks.
Talk about being proud. Before I go, I must brag a bit about my granddaughter. Although she lives in Bonnyville, my granddaughter Heaven ‘ the Brickhouse’ Colbourne got her start right here in Elk Point with the Storm.
This year when the Storm couldn’t ice a team she started playing goalie with Lakeland Jaguars female midget team.
Her team represented Zone 2 this past weekend in the midget female provincial tournament up in Lac La Biche. They won all four games in the round robin, ‘Brickhouse’ played incredible, in net for two of those games.
She didn’t play the semi final game , which they lost out in double overtime to Whitecourt, but she certainly was one of the reasons they got there. Her save percentage, by the way, was .925 for the weekend.
And now for the K. A. Campbell quote of the week. ” In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try. ‘ David Viscom