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November 18, 2016
Issue 4 Volume 1
Windy City Sports
Southern Alberta Sports, All The Time
Local ringette teams are gearing up for the annual Chinook Tournament
to be held Nov 18, 19 and 20.
37 teams from across Alberta and southern Saskatchewan will be
competing at Lethbridge arenas over the weekend. Eight local teams,
ranging in age from under 10 to 27 will be taking part.
Trevor Hall, coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns teams,
which will compete in the Open A division, says this is great chance for
the team to prepare as they look towards the National University Cham-
pionships in Guelph, ON, at the end of December.
“As our home tournament, we are anxious and proud to represent the
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Ringette Association and the City
of Lethbridge,” Hall said. “This weekend will be an excellent test for
our dedicated and hard working student athletes and it is important to
continue to develop our skills and good habits.”
This has been a season of new experiences for the Pronghorns. After
three years they were accepted into the Calgary Open Ringette Asso-
ciation, giving them a chance to play against the top tier teams in the
“This allows us to compete on a regular basis against our peers in the
sport,” said Hall.
The Horns are currently in sixth in the 11 team loop, but sit only 1 point
out of fourth and three out of rst. Hall says an inux of youth has really
sparked the team.
“We added some youth and speed this year and with the core of the
team still intact, and a thoughtful approach to the game, our expecta-
tions are high,” he said.
This weekend will feature several tough opponents that the Horns are
familiar with, including the Calgary Surge, a perennial powerhouse who
Lethbridge played to a draw and a narrow loss earlier this month.
“We respect this team immensely for their speed and consistent play,”
said Hall. “It showed us that we can compete with some of the best in
the province.”
The Horns close knit squad also has come together around players
dealing with the loss of a former teammate, Meghan Bomford, who lost
her life in an automobile accident. Bomford was well known in ringette
and played with a handful of Pronghorns. They paid their respects to
her with a moment of silence at a recent game.
“Meghan was a giving and thoughtful young woman who was always
there for her friends,” said Hall. “We’re a close family. When one person
on the team is hurting we are all hurting and everyone steps up to
support each other. This event had brought us closer together and has
focused our resolve to not only be the best we can at the game Meghan
loved so much, but also as teammates, as friends and as family.”
Chinook Tournament games begin Friday afternoon and contin-
ue through Sunday. For a complete schedule, visit www.lra.sites.
Ringette clubs ready
for Chinook tourney
University of Lethbridge Pronghorn goalie Alicia Anderson makes a
great save as Horns take on UBC, Nov 4 at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
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A lucky local athlete will get the opportunity to pick the brain of an
Olympian over lunch.
Lethbridge Sports Council announced their Lunch with an Olym-
pian contest Nov 15. Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 are
invited to enter the contest Three winners will be selected at ran-
dom and they, along with a friend will have the opportunity to dine
with 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Ashley Steacy at Miro Bistro.
The prize is courtesy of Allen Friesen of the Silverberg Group.
Friesen originally purchased the package at a charity event and
decided the experience would be a great one for a young person.
“She has so many stories that I wanted to hear about,” said
Friesen. “While those stories would be great to hear, for someone
it may have a life changing event on them.”
For her part, Steacy is pleased to have the opportunity to relate
how she came to be an elite Olympic athlete to the youth of Leth-
“I am always excited to share my experiences and their age is
about where my journey really started,” she said. “I think it’s cool
to connect with the youth of the community and hopefully inspire
someone to stay in sports and go on to bigger and better things.”
Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 can enter the contest by
lling out an online form at
lunch-with-an-olympian. The deadline to enter is Nov 30.
The University oif Lethbridge Pronghorns take on the Mount Royal
University Cougars Nov. 12 at 1st Choice Savings Centre.
Youth get chance for lunch with Olympian
After a little over a year, the
Coaldale Tempest Football Club
is continuing to grow.
Started in March of 2015, the
club now boasts teams in the
U10, U12 and U14 programs in
an effort to grow girls soccer in
the area.
“In our national program, it’s the
only sport where there are more
females playing than males,”
said Tony Tams with the club.
“The game continues to grow
across Canada, but we found
that in this area there was a lack
of females playing.”
The club is based with the
Thunder boys program out of
Coaldale and recently complet-
ed a successful outdoor season
and has now embarked on an
indoor schedule. About 60 girls
were enrolled for the summer,
with about 45 now signed up for
the winter.
Tams says one of the main
goals of the program is to teach
players the basics. Many of their
camps are focused on teaching
players the little things to be
“We believe in less games and
more practice,” said Tams. “The
key is to actually teach the kids
how to play before they play.”
The club relies on coach Frank
Tucek to help instill that in the
players. With a lauded career on
his resume, Tams says Tucek is
a great resource for the club.
“I’ve been involved in this sport
all my life and he’s teaching me
things I’ve never even thought
And of course, the club wants to
see the players have fun. Tams
is convinced they have a win-
ning formula to prepare players
for the future, while enjoying the
game of soccer.
“It’s all about the basics,” he
said. We want to keep things
simple and have fun with it.”
For more information on the
Coaldale Tempest FC, visit
Tempest FC continues to grow
Windy City Sports
Wrestling academy getting a work out
Josh Schoening is sent ying during a training session at Pure Power
Wrestling Academy, Nov. 16.
The Coaldale Copperheads take on the Red Deer Vipers in Heritage
Junior B Hockey League action, Nov. 12
The size difference is striking.
The young, lanky kid, about to be thrown across a wrestling ring
by a behemoth at least three times his size.
And Josh Schoening wouldn’t have it any other way.
Schoening is about two months into his training at the Pure
Power Wrestling Academy. At 17, he’s living a dream of his, and
learning the sport is a lot more complex than he rst thought.
“I was always interested in wrestling,” Schoening says. “I as-
sumed I’d get thrown around, but it’s denitely a lot harder than I
With each crash to the mat, each member of the Pure Power
Wrestling roster helping to train Schoening make sure the rookie
is all right.
“The number one thing we want people to learn is how to do it in
a safe and controlled manner,” says Sydney Steele, one of the
trainers at the Academy. “There is no way to fake a fall so we
want to teach our students to be comfortable and trust what their
body is telling them.”
The Academy has been open in its current location in Leth-
bridge’s industrial area for the better part of a year. Every Mon-
day and Wednesday you can nd students such as Schoening
running the ropes and being bent into painful looking shapes.
With about eight fulltime members, the trainers and wrestlers
quickly establish a bond. They look out for one another and
bounce ideas around the room.
“We’re a very small group, very tight knit,” said Steele. “it’s nice
to have some younger guys and some more experienced guys
working together, giving different outlooks.”
Even with the small group, the Pure Power roster has made an
impact in professional wrestling circles. They have members
taking part in shows across Western Canada and their talent has
been very well received by veteran performers taking part in their
“We’ve had nothing but positive comments,” said Steele. “It feels
good when people want to book your talent.”
The Academy is not just for potential grapplers. Steele points out
that the classes are a great and unique way for people to get in
“We’re very open to having people who don’t have any intention
of wrestling coming out and train,” said Steele.
As the classes become more popular, Steele lets himself dream
of a bigger facility, complete with gym and health centre. For
the time being however, the facility is just ne for students like
“it’s great here,” he says with a grin. “And every day I’m getting
stronger which is what I want.”
To nd out more about the Pure Power Wrestling Academy, visit or nd them on Facebook. Their next
show will be Saturday, Nov 19 at the Boys and Girls Club. They
will also be holding open tryouts Dec. 10
Windy City Sports
The Lethbridge (United Rentals)
Hurricanes(Red) completed the
Tiering Round of their pre-sea-
son on a 3 game winning streak
in preparation for the upcoming
2016/17 CAHL season. On
Sunday they were hosted by the
Chestermere Tier One Atoms.
The hosts jumped on the Hur-
ricanes early as they scored
at 2:31 into the rst to take a
1–0 lead. But shortly after the
“bus-legs” left, the Hurricanes
started to counter with immediate
pressure of their own and knotted
the score at 1–1 for the opening
Hurricanes (Red) continued their
assault on the rivals in the second
and took a 3-1 lead, scoring the
only goals of the middle frame.
Early in the third, the hosts tallied
two quick goals to knot the score
at 3–3, but the visitors were
unphased and kept their puck
pressure all over the ice, causing
turnovers and turned them into
great scoring opportunities and
actual goals. The Hurricanes
scored the winning goal and
the insurance marker late in the
game. The victory brought their
Tiering Round record to 5 wins, 1
tie and 1 loss.
Scoring for the Hurricanes was
distributed between Riley Hilla-
by with 2 goals, and Dayton
Tailfeathers with a single , Cole
Clymer with 1 goal and Domi-
nic Grieco with a single. Zane
Rajcic chipped in with 2 assists.
The netminding chores were
split between Brenner Fyfe and
Preston Walker, in preparation
for the Swift Current tourney next
The Lethbridge United Rentals
Hurricanes Red, Atom Tier One,
participated in the annual Swift
Current hockey. The experience
of playing other leading Tier One
Atom competition, head-to-head,
offered a great commitment and
demanded a strong personal
challenge to each team member’s
level of competition for success.
Included with this challenge was
a demanding schedule in the 3
day tournament.
On Remembrance Day, the
Hurricanes opened their tour-
nament play with a victory over
a Saskatoon team, in a penalty
lled game, 7–5. Scoring for
the Hurricanes were: Riley
Hillaby (2 goals), Kasey Russell
(2goals), Carter Cunningham (2
G, 2 A), and Zane Rajcic had a
single goal. Brett Moch had (2
A). Preston Walker got the win
in goal.
Early Saturday morning the Hur-
ricanes faced the Estevan Bruins
and found their top game and
defeated their rival, 9–5. Day-
ton Tail Feathers led the scoring
parade with a hat-trick and 2
helpers. Kasey Russell chipped
in with 2 goals while singles were
scored by Zane Rajcic, Riley
Hillaby, Carter Cunningham and
Cameron Hillaby. Preston Walker
held the powerful offense of the
Bruins at bay to preserve the “W.”
Mid-afternoon the Hurricanes
faced their host Swift Current
Broncos and despite a strong
showing the Swift team held the
Hurricanes to a single marker by
Kasey Russell and sent the pre-
liminary round into a 3 way tie, so
the tie-breaking formula had to be
invoked. After deliberation and
calculation the Hurricanes ended
up in the C nal early Sunday
The Hurricanes were in tough
against a quality Saskatoon Red
Wing team and lacked game legs
early in the game and fell behind
4 – 0 before making a late push,
but the rally fell short as the Hur-
ricanes lost 7–4. Kasey Russell
had 2 more goals, Dayton Tail
Feathers and Carter Cunningham
rounded out the scoring.
The Hurricanes now concentrate
on their Central Alberta Hockey
League schedule starting this
weekend in Brooks on Saturday
(Nov 19) and in Okotoks versus
the Gold on Sunday (Nov. 20).
Atoms solid in
Swift Current
Local high school teams went all out during the Chinook High
School SV Post Season Volleyball Tournament, Nov 12.
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Windy City Sports
Lethbridge Headwater Hurricane Logan Leroux makes a glove save
against the AC Avalanche in Minor Midget hockey action, Nov 13 at
Nicholas Sheran Arena
Participants of all ages take part in
the Alberta Taekwon-Do Cup, Nov 12 at
Exhibition Park
2017 Skate Canada Sectionals
Nov 3 -6, Edmonton
Pre-Juvenile Women (U11)
15 - Ava Martin, Lethbridge SC 15.65
20- Elizabeth Davis, Lethbridge SC
Pre-Juvenile Men (U13)
2 – Connor Chan, Lethbridge SC 15.82
Pre-Juvenile Pair
2 – Ava Martin/Austen Franz, Lethbridge
SC 16.19
Pre-Juvenile Dance
2 – Grace Lloyd/Connor Chan, Leth-
bridge SC 15.42
Juvenile Women (U12)
12 – Madison Martin, Lethbridge SC
Juvenile Women (U14)
17 – Brooklyn Watmough, Lethbridge
SC 22.26
Juvenile Men (U14)
4 – Austen Franz, Lethbridge SC 14.06
Local skaters impress at sectionals
Lethbridge College
Kodiaks prepare for
action as they take on
SAIT Trojans in wom-
en’s volleyball, Nov 11
at Val Matteotti gym.
Oct 30 – Nov 5/16
Pepsi Cola League: Karen Selkirk
228, Bill Blair 270, Sally Sanderson
Belfor Restoration Chris Terpstra
223, Dylan Cherniwchan 215, Don Lee
266, Kevin Lee 234, Brad Peters 227
Canadian Tire 55+: Norman Stelter
226, Mary Shigehiro 240, Gladys
Larson 231, Bill Oriold 252, Gino Man-
gone 338, George Chmielewski 241
Holiday Bowl Ladies: Andrea Sansom
216, Anne Ondrus 266, Yvonne Rom-
bough 182, Liz Sera 177
Creative Awards Men: Francois
Laroche 292 , Matt Woelders 285, Brad
Whalen 339, Bill Krysak 254, Elmer
Degenstein 279, Bill Todd 273, Jim
Malcomson 267, Travis Green 296,
Merlin Zobell 232, Dave Cervo 306,
Dave Shannon 251, Brady Orich 287,
Tyler Kiefuik 264
Country Kitchen Ladies: Judy Wil-
liams 236, Bette Bilawey 273, Hilda
Walker 222, Phyllis Hailwood 210, Pat
Gaudiel 228
Visually Impaired Bowlers: Dana
Johnston 197, Calvin DeWitt 178, Kelly
Tower 271, Kevin McBride 180
Cavendish Farms Mixed: Becky Aben
201, Bill Barton 330, Alex Didyk 251,
Greg Mann 256, Michele Werk 222,
Tim Mugford 321, Bonnie Johnson
226,, Richard Jankowiak 260, Cristy
Burris 256, Dan Price 408,
Meridian Manufacturing/Creative
Awards Ladies: Gladys Larson 245,
Riet Bouw 207, Louise Davis 238, Gail
Cook 208, Lois Seaman 252
Ricky’s Grill 55+: Shirley Arsenault
240, Judy Vanderkooi 205, Charlotte
Wolowich 231, Jim Moore 202, Bob
Holmes 251
Procee Dairy/McDonald Nissan
Mixed: Al Verestiuk 244,, Kelly Prokop
214, Amy Krysak 207, Bev Ferguson
235, Rick Laderoute 254, Randy
Ambrosi 250
Maple Ridge Floors Ladies: Phyllis
Hailwood 205, Elsa VanDyk 257
Joeys Only Seafood 55+: Bob Balck
239, Bob Pawlowski 286, Morris Hill-
stead 223, John Ondrus 227, Linda
Murray 210, Jude Hooey 238, Larry
McConnell 250, Audrey Mann 228
Special Olympics: Margaret Brown
134, Lyanne McCulley 163, Brady Paul
198, Christian Connon 164, Stephen
Pharis 181, Dennis Dietzen 188, Bran-
don Thielen 161, Peter Langridge 191,
Brielle Gauthier 153, Stan Crook 149
S. Mellen/ Westling Design Mixed:
Stacey Mellen 285, Randy Trefan 279,
Sheldon Albrecht 263, Mike Metzler
226, Lindsey Stanford 237, Marie Pac-
ey 238, Guy Brown 236, Juanita Burris
222, Eloise Ives 253, Greg Oglivie 234
Cash 1 Mixed: Gabor Mihaly 195, Tom
Tsukishima 198, Kevin Shot Both Sides
208, John Eshkibok 223, Jeff Heggie
231, Sam Holmes 216, Raquel Wald-
ner 205, Shane Thomson 220
Smitty”s Restaurant 55+: PJ Cass
230, Jack James 239, Bob Holmes 264
Liberty Tax Mixed League: Brittany
Hirsche 316, Tracy Shipka 316, Karen
Bader 312, Jesse Nielson 274, Logan
Burrill 312, Michelle Manton 337,
Dianne Violini 317
Cash 2 Mixed: Fran Beresnak 226,
Darren Wall 174, Bill Blair 258
Saturday Youth (YBC): Michael
Misener 156, Dallas Whitten 120, Car-
ter Burris 114, Cordy Chardland 174,
Aadyn Oldenburger 73, Samuel Peters
128, Kayley Bates 110
Sunday Youth (YBC): Kaycee Jones
226, Peyton Westoby 185, MacKenzie
Jones 236, Tyanne Hurst 201, Taylor
Vandenbroeke 239, Andrew Martin
182, Kolby Kreutz 256
Pepsi Cola Mixed: Bill Blair 251, Rob-
ert Miklos Jr, 327, Mary Henniger 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 Chmielews-
ki 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 McCull-
och 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, Nathan
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 Miech-
kota 239, Bob Spitzer 256
Maple Ridge Floors Ladies: Elsa
VanDyk 294, Elizabet Tokariuk 264
Joeys Only Seafood 55+
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 Gen-
ert 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 Gustom
154, Jody Burrows 140, Robert Nord-
strom 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
Windy City Sports
Lethbridge Eagles junior girls take on the Sherwood Park Steele, Nov
12 at Adams Ice Centre.
Windy City Sports
Men’s Hockey
11/4/16-3 @ UBC 4
11/5/16-2 @ UBC 3
11/11/16-4 @ Manitoba 2
11/12/16-4 @ Manitoba 6
Women’s Hockey
11/4/16-1 vs UBC 5
11/5/16-3 vs UBC 4
Men’s Bball
Men’s Bball
11/4/16-79 vs Macewan 62
11/5/16-90 vs Macewan 88
11/10/16-72 @ MRU 93
11/12/16-83 vs MRU 60
Women’s Bball
11/4/16-58 vs Macewan 57
11/5/16-39 vs Macewan 67
11/10/16-60 @ MRU 65
11/12/16-61 vs MRU 53
11/4/16-83 vs SAIT 89
11/5/16-65 vs MH 104
11/12/16-91 @ BC 44
Women’s Bball
11/4/16-63 vs SAIT 50
11/5/16-75 vs MH 58
11/12/16-105 @ BC 48
11/4/16-5 @ Cochrane 6
11/5/16-4 vs Okotoks 1
11/12/16-3 vs Red Deer 5
11/13/16-4 @ Ponoka 5
Men’s Vball
Women’s Vball
11/5/16-1 @ MH 3
11/11/16-0 vs SAIT 3
11/12/16-2 @ SAIT 3
11/5/16-3 @ MH 1
11/11/16-1 vs SAIT 3
11/12/16-1 @ SAIT 3
Picture Butte Midget Blades
11/4/16-4 @ Warner 3
11/6/16-3 vs Pincher 10
11/12/16-4 vs Bow Island 6
AAA Midget Hurricanes
11/5/16-0 vs Grande Peace 4
11/6/16-2 vs Lloyd 4
11/12/16-1 v Sher Park 5
11/13/16-1 vs CAC Gregg 2
Bantam Val Matteoti
Golden Hawks
11/5/16-6 vs Ft. Sask 2
11/6/16-7 vs Gr Prairie 2
Bantam Hurricanes
11/4/16-1 vs Central AB 4
11/5/16-0 vs Med Hat 2
11/12/16-5 vs Okotoks 1
11/13/16-4 vs Cranbrook 4
Midget Hurricanes
11/4/16-5 @ Foothills 2
11/6/16-4 @ Bow Valley 1
Lethbridge Eagles Jr Female
11/5/16-2 vs Cochrane 1
11/6/16-3 vs Central AB 2
11/12/16-3 vs Sher Park 4
Lethbridge Minor Hockey
Pee Wee Hurricanes White
11/4/16-3 @ Cranbrook 6
11/5/16-6 @ Foothills 2
11/6/16-7 @ West Central 1
11/4/16-10 @ Surge 10
11/5/16-3 @ Surge 5
11/6/16-8 @ Blaze 3
Midget Headwater Hurricanes
11/5/16-4 vs Stampeders 0
11/6/16-14 vs Red Deer 2
11/12/16-3 @ CRAA Gold 3
11/13/16-6 vs AC Avalanche 2
Trivia Corner
1 How long is an NFL football
eld, including end zones?
2 In 1908 who was the rst
black boxer to win the world
heavyweight championship?
3 On May 15, 1862 the Union
Grounds in Brooklyn becase the
rst park designated for what
4 Since the rst World Cup
in 1930 which two European
teams have been in the most
nal games?
5 For which two NBA teams
did Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul
Jabbar play?
6 Which two teams played in
the rst college football game
in 1869?
7 Before they moved to Oak-
land, which two cities were the
A’s located in?
8 In which sport does the ball
move the fastest?
9 Which three Canadian cities
have hosted the Olympics?
10 Under what name did Jo-
seph L Barrow gain fame in the
world of sport?
1 120 yards 2 Jack Johnson 3
Baseball 4 Germany & England
5 Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles
Lakers 6 Princeton/Rutgers 7
Philadelphia/Kansas City 8 Jai-
Alai 9 Montreal, 1976; Calgary,
1988; Vancouver, 2010 10 Joe
Louis (Louis was his middle
Congratulations to the Lethbridge Pee Wee Girls hockey team who won
the bronze medal at the Okotoks Female Classic Tournament. The girls
defeated Okotoks 3-0 to take 3rd place in the tournament.
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I write this article with the experience
of being a player growing up and also
playing major junior at 14 to climb-
ing the levels of elite stream hockey
to coach junior A and work as Skills
coach. There are many coaches out
there who can be better coaches if they
learn how to prepare and also develop
their players and use ice time wisely.
We are all critics of our children’s
coaches. We have the chats home in
the car on what little Johnny did wrong
and never what Johnny did right. We
blame the coach for the performance
of the team. Heaven knows people will
remember the pee wee championship
you won in 1984!
As parents remember your sons and
daughters will have good coaches and
also bad ones, just like school we all
had teachers who knew how to get the
best out of us and the worst out of us.
Remember the coach is only a volun-
teer and is not paid to coach your child.
They do it for the love of the game. So
let’s take a look at what mistakes most
coaches make in minor hockey.
1. Screaming at the player. We all
have seen the crazy coach who loses
his mind on the kids when they make
mistakes in a game. A novice player
should not worry about missing an as-
signment, an atom player should not be
concerned about plus minus. These are
development years, so a poor coach
puts fear into the players and they fold.
2. Board Talk Marathons. We have
precious ice time and a coach will
spend the whole practice standing at
the boards with a circle around him
wasting ice time and players do not
get to use the ice for what is intended
for - practice, skills, development. Try
pre-ice meetings, ice utilization, do
stations - for an hour of practice do 20
mins of stations. This way all players
are moving and ice is not wasted. Also
you can build skills, shooting, puckhan-
dling, passing, powerplay options, small
area games. This will make the player
develop and grow and your team will
see improvement on the ice.
3. Communication to parents and play-
ers. Many coaches do not associate
with parents at all, and to be fair it is not
always easy. I try a different approach.
We hold a meeting after the team is se-
lected. In that meeting we will discuss
my role to the player, I will address how
I will develop that player through skills
and also off the ice through mental
prep. I have parents ll out a ques-
tionnaire where they are asked things
like what is most important, individual
success vs team stats. I also teach the
players the sacrices parents make to
give them a chance to play and ask
them to help mom and dad out. This
creates a team and the players and
parents buy in and we become one
unit. If you do not follow up to the role
you signed on in the questionnaire you
simply are removed .
4. Skills vs Tactics overview. So if
we look at the world of hockey and
countries that excel at it we can point
out what works. In Finland a very
small in population are a world power
on the world stage. Why? How many
Russian players are poor skaters or
poor passers of the game? Swedes
are skilled and also very gifted. As a
coach I can tell you that a player never
stops developing even after they have
made it the pro level. So this article is
about what works and what place skill
has vs tactics. Tactics are systems and
are things from forechecks, set plays,
power plays, penalty kills, break outs,
etc. What if I tell you that all these skills
can be done through skill development
of the player through drills of skill and
read and react? It is true. A powerplay
can be developed in half ice areas
through give and go options, passing,
shooting, and agility are developed.
Gone are the days with ve guys on the
ice and the rest sit on bench while they
break out. Instead we all can develop
through options and also progression.
We can add another skill and then add
pressure and our players are all along
getting better.
A player should receive 85 per cent
individual skill and 15 per cent tactics
in any level, case in point my own
team. Prior to every practice I take
groups out and work on individual
skills for the positions they play. We
work on a group of defenceman and
they receive skills like quick feet
agility, shooting, passing, walk lines,
escape moves, pinning, gap everyday.
Forwards cycle, drive seams, shooting
in tight areas, spin off picks in tight. All
ice is used and all players develop. This
makes the team better and progresses.
After this we go into our systems and a
regular practice. Every player will leave
here a better player than when they
arrived and that is the model any coach
from pre novice to pro should have. I
thank you all for my read and keep your
head up.
Blaine Fomradas
Skills coach and assistant coach
Kindersley Klippers
Coaches Corner