December 2, 2016
Issue 5 Volume 1
Windy City Sports
Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time
It takes a lot of work and discipline to be a student athlete, but
many University of Lethbridge athletes are accomplishing that at
the highest level.
The U of L announced 63 student athletes named as Academ-
ic All-Canadians, setting a new high. 46 Pronghorn athletes
achieved the honor last year. Pronghorn Academic All-Canadians
are also recipients of the Deb Steacy AAC Scholarship.
Academic All-Canadians are awarded to CIS athletes who main-
tain a 80 per cent average in their studies. The 63 athletes ac-
count for more than 30 per cent of the school’s eligible athletes.
Women’s hockey led the way with eight All-Canadians, with
men’s soccer and women’s swimming with seven each.
This is no easy accomplishment. U of L swimmer Cole Midtdal
says it takes lots of discipline and work in order to achieve excel-
lence both in the classroom and in the pool.
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U of L names
Academic All-Canadians
The Lethbridge Bantam Coyotes tackle the Lloydminster Mustangs in
the Provincial Tier III Championships, Nov 19 at University of Lethbridge
Stadium
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“It denitely takes a lot of time and effort,” he said. “There are
many late nights and early mornings.”
Midtdal is taking his major in Social Sciences with a minor in
Philosophy. He is in his fourth year, and says there is denitely a
learning curve for new students in university.
“in your rst year, you’re pretty gung ho and tend to get more
stressed out,” he said. “Now you know it can be fun and you can
get through it.”
Being a member on a team also helps. Midtdal says he and his
teammates push each other to make themselves better and to
succeed.
“We help each other out and try to hold ourselves accountable.”
Jill Tataryn with the women’s rugby program agrees. She says
having teammates to bounce ideas off of for support is a huge
help.
“It can be very stressful so having other people going through the
same things is a big help,” she said.
Tataryn is in her third year, taking Finance and International
Management. She says being recognized for her efforts is hugely
satisfying.
“It truly is an honor,” she said. “In high school I knew that I wanted
to go to university and play rugby and I also knew that I wanted
this honor.”
Midtdal is also proud of what he has accomplished. Being named
an All-Canadian shows him that his hard work is paying off.
“It means a lot to me,” he said. “Sometimes you just want to pull
your hair out, so it’s nice to be recognized when you’re doing
well.”
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Lethbridge College Kodiaks take on Red Deer College Kings in Men’s
Basketball, Nov 26 at Val Matteotti Gym
Lethbridge will welcome members of the Toronto Maple Leafs to
town in March.
Alberta Sports Development Centre Southwest partnered with the
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns to bring the Leafs’ alumni
to Lethbridge. They will face off against the U of L Pronghorns
alumni March 9.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for ASDC. Funds will support
the Athlete Enhancement Program and other services.
The event includes a luncheon, as well as a post-game meet and
greet with all the players.
ASDC Centre Administrator Neil Fraser says this will be the only
stop outside of Ontario for the Leafs Century Tour, providing a
great opportunity for fans to see some of the greats from the past.
“It will be a unique event with a full day of activities,” said Fraser.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to build in a few surprises.”
The Leafs and Pronghorns gave some links, including current
Leafs coach, Mike Babcock, who led the Horns to a national title.
The Pronghorns alumni will feature some players from that 1994
national championship team. Pronghorns Executive Director, Ken
McInnes says the players he has talked to are looking forward to
the match.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” said McInnes. “The guys
are pretty pumped up and excited about it.”
Both rosters are still being nalized, but Fraser says there is likely
to be some big names on the Leafs side.
“I would expect to see a couple of Hall of Famers out there.”
The event will take place at Nicholas Sheran Arena. Tickets can
be purchased online at www.asdcsw.ca. For information about
sponsorship and meet and greet opportunities, visit the website or
call (403)320-5271
Honors worth the hard work say athletes
Leafs alumni to
take on ex-Horns
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Lethbridge Soccer Association and Thunder FC Tempest teams were
in action during the annual Stephanie Gruca Memorial Tournament,
Nov 25-27 at Servus Soccer Centre
A local volleyball player is hoping to have the opportunity to play
the game she loves on the courts of Europe.
Molly Petryshyn, a 16-year-old from Raymond High School
received an offer from a U.S club team to play on a tour of Italy,
Austria and Germany, beginning in June.
Petryshyn has played two years on the Comets squad and came
to the attention of U.S. scouts after attending camps at Stanford
and Oregon State in the summer of 2015. They extended the invi-
tation after watching her play in the U.S.
Petryshyn says she’s nervous but looking forward to having the
opportunity to see other countries while honing her volleyball
skills.
“I’m excited to have the chance to play,” she said. “It’s nice to be
out of my comfort zone and see what it’s like not having the same
dynamics.”
Although still a couple years away, Petryshyn is hoping this expe-
rience will help her get her foot in the door for her education once
she’s done high school.
“I denitely want to go to the States,” she said. “I’m really look-
ing at seeing what it’s like over in Europe too. I want to keep my
options open.”
Her mother, Suzanne, says the whole family encourages Molly’s
volleyball experiences. She says everyone is supportive and
cheering her on.
“All her friends and family know how passionate she is about
the sport and how much fun she has,” Suzanne said. “She’s her
toughest critic and has set a high standard for herself.”
For the future, Molly is aiming high. She plans on excelling in the
sport and going as far as it will take her. Of course, that comes
with a price tag. A gofundme account has been set up to try to
offset some of Molly’s expenses, which she says only fuels her
ambition more.
“It’s been great,” she says about the support from the community.”
It just makes me want to work harder.”
Raymond volleyballer
takes aim at Europe
It wasn’t this goalie’s day as local teams took part in Lethbridge
Ringette Association’s Annual Chinook Tournament, Nov 18-20.
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Both boys and girls rep teams
from G. S. Lakie Middle School
had exceptional volleyball
seasons this year. Volleyball in
middle school starts on the rst
day of school and continues
through city championships in
early November. It was a busy
2 months for the Gators, who
crammed in 6 tournaments in
that time.
The girls nished with an im-
pressive resume.
Finished rst overall in LSAA
Volleyball League Play (Record
11-1)
Third – Gilbert Paterson tourna-
ment
First – Wolverine Classic Tour-
nament
Third- RI Baker Invitational
Tournament
First – Gator Classic Tourna-
ment
Silver Medal – South Zone
Championships
LSAA Volleyball City Champions
Roster:
Kamryn Sawa
Sierra Swartzenberger
Jayla Shield
Grace Glenn
Eva Glenn
Brooke Robinson
Ayden Bach
Emily Miller
Tielle Hagel
Emma Zgurski
Ryann Hagel
Mikayla Miller
Coach: Terry Hagel, Asst. Laura
Muirhead and Jensen Forbes
The boys competed in 6 tourna-
ments, went to 6 nals, and won
5 of them:
Finished rst in LSAA league
play (10-2)
Wolverine Classic Tournament
nalists
Gilbert Paterson tournament
champs.
R. I. Baker tournament champs
Gator Classic tournament
champs
South Zone Champions
LSAA City Volleyball Champs.
Roster:
Logan Christie
Josh Dublanko
Ryan Meroniuk
Nate Kornelsen
Jace Jessen
Aidan Wensman
Logan Hillaby
Jayden Gurney
Jarom Court
Cole Hemmerling
Jacob Sargent
Shaye McTavish
Coached by Rod Kornelsen and
Doug James
G.S. Lakie School
celebrates great season
Courtesy Lethbridge College Kodiaks
The ACAC cross country champion and runner of the
year did not disappoint at the CCAA national champion-
ships in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, as Lethbridge College’s
Rachel McKenzie nished fth in the women’s 5K event.
McKenzie, a fourth-year Nursing student from Nelson,
B.C., had a season to remember in her nal campaign
as a Kodiaks runner. She won every ACAC competition
she entered this season, and was once again the top
ACAC nisher in the 5K race at nationals, improving
from a 15
th
place nish last year.
“Rachel has been progressing steadily over these last
four years to run an undefeated ACAC season in her
graduating year,” says Bertil Johansson, Kodiaks head
coach. “She topped it off by clawing to a fth place
showing at nationals, which is an inspiration to a young
Kodiaks team on how an athlete can improve with
strong determination and dedication to her goals and a
willingness to aim for excellence. She’s a true champion
on and off the trails.”
McKenzie’s teammate Emily Spencer also had a stellar
showing as she crossed the nish line in eighth place.
Spencer, a rst-year Nursing student from Calgary,
showed great resilience, climbing up from 15
th
in the
pack earlier in the race. Spencer won a bronze medal at
the ACAC championships and was also named ACAC
rookie of the year. Both McKenzie and Spencer were
named CCAA All-Canadians as they helped the Kodiaks
women’s team nish fth in the CCAA and rst among
ACAC competitors.
On the men’s side, the Kodiaks were led by Alex An-
dres, a third year Criminal Justice – Policing student
from Wetaskiwin, Alta., who nished in 14
th
place in the
8K race. ACAC silver medalist Boaz Korir, a second
year Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology student from
Kenya, was hampered by back spasms but still nished
in 20
th
place. As a team, the Kodiaks men nished in 7
th
place, and second among ACAC competitors.
This is the fourth straight year that the Kodiaks women’s
team has nished in the top ve at nationals, while the
men’s team has nished in the top ten at the CCAA
championships an incredible 12 years in a row.
Kodiaks runners end
season on high note
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Trivia Corner
1 Who was the rst U.S. volleyball player to win three Olympic
gold medals?
2 What was the rst sport in which women were invited to com-
pete at the Olympics?
3 The Borg-Warner Trophy is awarded to the winner of which
race?
4 What number lies between 5 and 9 on a British dart board?
5 The San Siro Stadium is in which Italian city?
6 Who is the youngest winner of a Ladies Singles title in the Open
Era?
7 In which athletic event did Bruce Jenner win the gold medal in
the 1976 Summer Olympics?
8 How many players are on the eld for each team in an Austra-
lian rules football match?
9 Wladimir Klitschko is a champion boxer from which country?
10 How many home runs did baseball great Ty Cobb hit in the
three world series in which he played?
1 Karch Kiraly 2 Tennis at the 1900 games in Paris 3 Indianapolis
500 4 12 5 Milan 6 Martina Hingis at 16 years of age 7 Decathlon 8
18 9 Ukraine 10 None
Lethbridge Pee Wee Hurricanes corral a loose puck as they play Medi-
cine Hat, Nov 27 at Adams Ice Centre
Volleyball action was fast and furious as the Southern Alberta 1A/2A
Volleyball Championbships were held Nov 18-20 at Lethbridge College
Val Matteotti Gym
HOLIDAY BOWL – Hi Scores
Nov 13-19/2016
Pepsi Cola Mixed: Bill Blair 251,
Robert Miklos Jr, 327, Mary Henni-
ger 216
Belfor Restoration Mixed: Charlie
Madarasz 243, Brad Peters 319,
Sarah Peters 224, Bill Hamilton 218,
Jenny Lee 227, Kevin Lee Jr. 297,
Crystal Lee 223, Kristy Brown 216
Canadian Tire 55+ : John Kubik
212, Eric Schmidt 247, George
Chmielewski 248, Leona Kempt 222,
Norman Stelter 220, Gladys Larson
241, Mary Shigehiro 203
Holiday Bowl Ladies: Kathy Hnatiuk
236, Tina Sanderson 215
Creative Awards Men: Garrioch
Crites 250, Jerry Kind 318, Brad
Whalen 300, Devin Jones 278, Mike
Hirsche 292, Logan Burrill 272, Bill
Barton 306, Dave Shannon 230,
Tyler Kiefuik 259, Justin Larivier 324
Country Kitchen Ladies: Agnes Wing
220, Bette Bilawey 218, Alma Mc-
Culloch 212, Hilda Walker 240
Visually Impaired Bowlers: Dustin
Smith 238, Bill Brown 188, Kelly
Tower 145, Calvin Dewit 164
Cavendish Farms: Lily Leong 235,
Bill Barton 323, Alex Didyk 272, Na-
than Koch 230, Robynn Sander 246,
Gail Sarka 217, David Steele 251,
James Cazal 331, Ray Cazal 265,
Simon Anderson 262, Dan Murphy
213, Cristy Burris 242, Mark Burris
272, Bob Ogusuko 284,
Meridian Manufacturing/Creative
Awards: Anne Ondrus 273, Gladys
Larson 269, Riet Bouw 205, Louise
Davis 207
Ricky’s Grill 55+: Martin Bock 242,
John Ondrus 230, Bob Holmes 268,
Anne Todd 207, Doug Cole 208
Procee Dairy/ McDonald Nissan:
Edie Cheryk 227, Derek Lewicki
277, Randy Ambrosi 248, Joanne
Hiebert 231, Paul McGowan 202, JP
Ferguson 310, Trevor Bobak 266,
Tracy Shipka 298, Bill Todd 293,
Barrie Ferguson 277, Barb Bennett
207, Shirley Miechkota 239, Bob
Spitzer 256
Maple Ridge Floors Ladies: Elsa
VanDyk 294, Elizabet Tokariuk 264
Joeys Only Seafood 55+: Mary
Ambrosi 209, Sandra Hunt 240,
Stan Dewar 224, John Ondrus 224,
Isabelle Spencer 209, Mary Winkler
215, Liz Riske 250, Bob Pawlowski
293, Jude Hooey 269
Special Olympics: Quinn Grey 119,
Allan Jarvis 141, Megan Fletcher
120, Richard Risling 199, Jenn
Cochrane 125, Elmily Wilms 155,
Raymond Pihlaja 140, Zach Dixon
157, Kenneth Ha 133, Elliott McNab
130, Yvette Shouting 131, Shawn
Musik 130
S.Mellen/Westling Design: Hayley
Thompson 208, Janyce Sudo 210,
Les Thomas 264, Ian Hewitt 250,
Don Genert 222, Rory McKeown
245, Andrew Krysak 286, Jenna
Easter 253
Cash 1 Mixed: Gelein Hart 184, Erin
Armstron 149, Jerry Flickinger 213,
J Beck Shouting 222, Rhonda Gus-
tom 154, Jody Burrows 140, Robert
Nordstrom 150, Ron Bobetti 137
Smitty’s Restaurants 55+: Gwen
Fikus 175, Sharon James 201, Jack
James 244, Judy Workman 213
Cash 2 Mixed: Bill Blair 267, Jake
Tiechroeb 224, Lillian Westling 250,
Burke Babki 148
Liberty Tax Mixed: Brady Orich 302,
Bob Hirsche 307, Michelle Manton
291, Dianne Violini 291, Rob Price
291, Logan Burrill 275, Jason Ives
284, Rich Jones 293
Saturday Youth League(Y-
BC): Jordan Sudo 107, Dallas
Whitten 116, Samantha Easter 98,
Samuel Peters 152
Sunday YBC : Mackenzie Jones
296, Alexandra Symons 266, Tianna
Westling 273, Tyanne Hurst 236,
Kolby Kreutz 228, Kennedy Kreutz
264
Nov 20-27/2016
Pepsi Cola Mixed: Mary Hennigar
217, Gerald Gamracy 238, Robert
Miklos Jr 245, Rob Miklos 210
Belfor Restoration Mixed: Saylor
Lee 253. Kevin Lee Jr, 262, Larry
Gorda 250, Tim Cherniwchan 261,
Chris Terpstra 235
Canadian Tire 55+ : Robin Hyland
244, Bill Oriold 227, Ed Dejong 227,
Gino Mangone 328, Gladys Larson
224, Sumi Tomiyama 200, Tad Saka-
guchi 234, Chiba 203
Holiday Bowl Ladies: Yvonne Rom-
bough 229, Amy Krysak 205, Anne
Ondrus 257
Creative Awards Men: Shawn Hunt
250, Terry Godsalve 245, Duane
Emard 244, Geoff Farn 274, Brad
Whalen 308, Jason Ives 287, An-
drew Krysak 264, Bill Todd 282, Cam
Kahl 246, Jim Malcomson 287, Tony
Savard 288, Mike Metzler 234, Dave
Cervo 287, Rob Price 329, James
Price 271
Country Kitchen Ladies: Bette
Bilawey 226, Frankie Leavitt 187,
Annette Mabin 183, Donna Gillis
190, Marlene Bosch 210
Visually Impaired Bowlers: Grant
Brown 234, Calvin Dewitt 214, Dana
Johnson 177, Dustin Smith 182,
Clarence Jockins 126
Cavendish Farms: Laura McDonald
207, Shirley McKay 210, Paul Terry,
205, Kim Mann 256, Darrel Sander
242, Rich Jones 285, Gino Man-
gone 260, Bill Rothwell 203, Koryn
Murphy 223, Andrea Lippa 215, Bob
Ogusuko 257
Meridian Manufacturing/Creative
Awards: Gladys Larson 336, Anne
Ondrus 228, Lynn Schaaf 197
Ricky’s Grill 55+: John Ondrus 211,
Liz Riske 261, Audrey Mann 216
Procee Dairy/ McDonald Nissan:
Karen Bader 335, Hayley Todd 298,
David LaLonde 226, Bev Ferguson
233, Wade Sears 231, Todd Yates
218, Kelly Prokop 233, Mike Prokop
224, Mark Prodan 259, Alex Seberg
247, Randy Ambrosi 305
Maple Ridge Floors Ladies: Elsa
VanDyk 217, Marilyn Hembroff 217,
Elizabeth Tokariuk 239
Joeys Only Seafood 55+: Bonnie
Johnson 200, Bob Pawlowski 278,
Cy Price 202, Morris Hillstead 230,
Daisy Kinniburgh 207, Larry McCo-
nnell 249, Audrey Mann 201, John
Ondrus 228
Special Olympics:Jean McKay 114,
Quinn Grey 158, Brady Paul 203,
Randy Chandler 212, Emily Wilms
151. Dennis Dietzen 175, Tom
Schopf 176, Jean Delaice 241, Bri-
elle Gauthier 162, Josh Deplancke
199, Elliott McNab 159
S.Mellen/Westling Design: Jan
Johansen 244, Kolby Kreutz 222,
Hayley Thompson 211, Murray
Beazer 200, Bill Blair 277, Mike Cas-
well 205, Andrew Krysak 298, Laura
Pickett 199
Cash 1 Mixed: Kevin Shot Both
Sides 208, Jerry Flickinger 203, Jeff
Heggie 196, Sam Holmes 197, Doug
Bevans 200, Robert Wordstrom 163
Smitty’s Restaurants 55+: Cathy
Jessop 239, Judy Workman 200,
Sharon James 207, Jack James 244
Cash 2 Mixed: Fran Beresnak 208,
Lisa Bauman 152, Lillian Westling
205, Burke Babki 150
Liberty Tax Mixed: Mike Laycock
290, Jerry Kind 329, Kinsey Emard
290, Dave Purcell 286, Dianne
Violini 297
Saturday Youth League(Y-
BC): Mikayla Chase 89, Dallas
Whitten 134, Parker Chase 116,
Riley Frame 147
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20 teams took part in the Cliff Forry Memorial Senior Open Curling
Classic, Nov 25-27 at Lethbridge Curling Club
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Results
Men’s Hockey
11/18/16-3 vs MRU 2
11/19/16-4 @ MRU 1
11/25/16-3 vs UofA 2
11/26/16-0 vs UofA 5
Women’s Hockey
11/18/16-1 @ MRU2 5
11/19/16-2 vs MRU 4
11/25/16-0 @ UofA 5
11/26/16-1 @ UofA 4
Men’s Bball
Men’s Bball
11/18/16-58 @ Wpg 73
11/19/16-78 @ Wpg 75
11/24/16-71 vs UofC 95
11/26/16-51 @ UofC 91
Women’s Bball
11/18/16-38 @ Wpg 69
11/19/16-51 @ Wpg 85
11/24/16-57 vs UofC 66
11/26/16-47 @ UofC 72
11/18/16-86 @ StMarys 59
11/19/16-87 @ Ambrose 69
11/25/16-90 vs Olds 67
11/26/16-76 vs RDC 77
Women’s Bball
11/18/16-80 @ StMarys 59
11/19/16-90 @ Ambrose 49
11/25/16-93 vs Olds 65
11/26/16-81 vs RDC 53
11/19/16-9 vs Stettler 1
11/20/16-1 @ Blackfalds 6
11/25/16-7 @ HighRiver 1
11/26/16-3 vs Blackfalds 6
Picture Butte Midget Blades
11/18/6-5 vs Nanton 3
11/19/16-3 vs Warner 8
11/26/16-4 @ Foothills 5
11/27/16 -6 @ Red Cli 9
AAA Midget Hurricanes
11/19/16-3 vs Leduc 1
11/23/16-8 @ Cgy NStars 5
11/26/16-3 vs Fort Sask 2
11/27/16-4 vs SEAC 4
Bantam Val Matteoti
Golden Hawks
11/19/16-5 @ Airdrie 3
11/20/16-7 vs Royals 1
11/23/16-7 vs Southeast 1
11/26/16-3 @ Raiders 2
11/27/16 -9 vs Saints 1
Bantam Hurricanes
11/19/16-4 @ Red Deer 4
11/20/16-4 @ Central AB 3
11/25/16-8 @ Bow Valley 2
Midget Hurricanes
11/19/16-4 vs CBHA 0
11/20/16-5 vs Okotoks 5
11/25/16-4 vs Cranbrook 2
11/26/16-5 @ Foothills 3
Lethbridge Eagles Jr Female
11/20/16-5 vs Calgary 1
11/26/16-7 @ Central AB
Lethbridge Minor Hockey
Pee Wee Hurricanes White
11/18/16-3 vs Wheatland 3
11/20/16-7 @ Okotoks 5
Ringette
11/18/16-4 vs Surge 6
11/19/16-10 vs UofC 3
11/19/16-8 vs South Selects 0
11/20/16-5 vs Surge 4
11/26/16-6 @ UofC 8
11/26/16-5 @ Impact 3
Midget Headwater Hurricanes
11/19/16-4 @ CNHA 1
Like most hockey players, my hockey journey pretty much began
when my life did. My dad being a coach, my childhood colouring
books were often times empty practice sheets. My love for the
sport mixed with the fact that I grew up absorbing hockey culture in
4 different countries before the age of 16 allowed me to develop a
good understanding of the world of hockey.
I have met a ton of people that love the sport. Like anything in life,
if you love something you are bound to give it your full attention. It
is my belief that attention now needs to be paid to the people that
make this sport what it is.
I grew up loving mathematics. It was always my best subject in
school, and continued to study it in college. Because of my mutual
love for numbers and the sport of hockey, I developed a bit of an
attitude towards the usage of statistics in the game.
Early on, I believe it made sense to keep track of who was scor-
ing goals on a team as a means of keeping track of production.
However, as the sports world evolved into better systems, better
equipment, harder shots, faster decisions, more teams etc., we’ve
made little progress in the category of judging players.
You’ll often see statements such as; ‘If you get it off quick, you’ll
score goals’ be backed up with instances where guys shot the
puck quick and got a goal. Although it makes sense to back up the-
ories with evidence, for theories like this to have any meaning, all
instances of players getting a shot off quick (regardless of whether
a player scores or not) would have to be recorded and analyzed
in order to create a valid argument. Simply taking a situation that
happens often, and slapping a degree of importance on it doesn’t
make sense.
Furthermore, take the following situations; a player scores off a
shot that hits him, or a player just happened to be in the right spot
to score after a beautiful set up. How often will these players be
rewarded with rst star honors? How often will it say in the paper
the next day that they are nding their groove?
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Pee Wee Hurricanes Red
11/19/16-11 @ Okotoks 2
11/20/16-3 vs West Central 6
Atom Hurricanes Red
11/19/16-7 @ Brooks 4
11/20/16-9 @ Okotoks 4
11/26/16-6 vs Leth White 3
11/27/16-2 @ Strathmore 3
Atom Hurricanes White
11/18/16-5 @ Indus 6
11/19/16-4 vs Chestermere 0
11/26/16-3 vs Leth Red 6
11/27/16-9 vs Okotoks 3
Pee Wee Hurricanes
11/19/16-11 vs Okotoks 8
11/26/16-4 @ Cochrane 2
11/27/16-2 vs Med Hat 4
Coaches Corner
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Attitudes like this are what holds us
back from progressing. Points are
important, but I truly believe they are
indicative of other factors that achieve
this result. Whether someone produces
or not is a result of things that blend
together such as chemistry, talent,
personality, systems, people, etc. It can
also be the result of an abundance of
ice-time, a degree of leniency granted
by the coaching staff, or great defence
that allows for more offensive play.
To me, judging talent based on points
alone is similar to judging a potential
partner based on looks alone. Its not a
sustainable strategy.
We need to start embracing the identity
of each individual athlete, manager,
coach, scout, fan, etc within the sport.
Change is everywhere. Young startups
are stressing the importance of hiring
based on personality, work ethic and
beliefs rather than GPAs. Public
gures like Prince EA are attacking
the current educational system, where
we train people to become robots, not
respecting each individual as being
unique. Todd Rose criticizes old-school
employers that rate their workers in
the form of numbers and whether they
reached their annual quota instead of
recognizing what each individual could
bring to the table with his or her unique
skill set. Derek Jeter started a platform
that gives fans ‘behind the scenes’
coverage on athletes’ stories and
perspectives.
I’m sure many if not all hockey players
have heard the following saying at
some point in their hockey career; ‘The
name on the front is more important
than the name on the back.’ This ide-
ology may hold true for many, but the
collective names on the back of teams’
jerseys are the ingredients for success
to the name on the front. Without the
necessary ingredients, any desired
outcome is impossible.
Within a team Individuals need to
mould and feel wanted. They need to
be compatible and believe in something
bigger than themselves. Otherwise
selshness will take over, which acts
as a default when something bigger to
believe in isn’t offered. Unfortunately
for players, stats are still what puts food
on the table. Other than the occasion-
al phone call between coaches, or
scouts coming to watch a game, it is
our default standard for recruiting. I’m
not saying it’s a bad system, as points
partly reect a players ability on the ice.
I’m suggesting we have outgrown this
system.
We live in a world where digital market-
ers know ourselves better than we do
through analytics. But we are still plac-
ing the most importance on a system
we’ve outgrown.
For hockey, modern stats are making
a push. Time spent in the ozone, times
where players started in the d-zone
and created offensive chances etc. And
that’s great. But they are still results ori-
ented. I’m a big believer in there being
a reason behind great results. We need
to make these reasons come to life.
It is our goal to help people. To help
them create a public prole that shows
who they truly are. For each individual’s
skills, network, and personality to be
illuminated to achieve a more honest
and efcient way of judging and
allocating people. To aim for a world
where sports people are not reduced
down to an arbitrary statistic like goals
or assists.
ShedLight Hockey will start to produce
content in the form of getting to know
people within the game. Their talents,
their story, what motivates them, their
hockey philosophy, etc., to display the
individuals that make this game the
best game in the world.
The EA sports NHL video games
franchise had the right idea. Creating a
player was associated with creating a
unique prole by highlighting some-
one’s strengths and weaknesses. As
unpractical as this may be to implement
in reality, I believe the only way to
create successful teams is to bet on
assets of individuals and make them
believe they are there for a reason.
How you ask? Maybe its implementing
systems based on the personalities of a
line. Maybe its interviewing each player
to see what their goals are in life, and
helping them reach those goals. I have
no idea, but in the words of Todd Rose
“The hardest part of learning something
new is not embracing new ideas, but
letting go of old ones.” Why do you
think championship speeches always
consist of how great the group was and
how it took every individual to achieve
success? Let’s start focusing on what
matters, and let the fantasy hockey
managers worry about points.
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