Cy­clones tak­ing aim at provin­cials

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - HOCKEY - RANDY PALMER

Hum and also tied Wey­burn and Notre Dame.

All are con­tenders for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship on an an­nual ba­sis.

“It was all the top teams in our divi­sion and we never lost a game, they were re­ally even games the whole way through,” Rawlyk said. “It was def­i­nitely a good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

And an ex­pe­ri­ence the Cy­clones are more than grate­ful to have af­ter their close call last sea­son.

The team was on the verge of fold­ing af­ter it was re­vealed that most of the play­ers wouldn’t be able to af­ford to play the fol­low­ing sea­son, leav­ing the team in dire straits. The Moose Jaw com­mu­nity stepped up in force, though, with do­na­tions both lo­cally and from far-flung alumni bol­ster­ing the team’s cof­fers.

Then the Cana­dian Tire-based Jump­Start pro­gram rode to the res­cue the rest of the way.

“That’s been our sav­ior,” Rawlyk said. “So the pri­vate do­na­tions and Jump­Start have re­ally paid off for us. Ev­ery­one who goes to Cana­dian Tire and drops into those Cana­dian Tire money things at the doors, this is one ex­am­ple where a lo­cal team re­ally got the help from them.”

It all means a group of play­ers from all cor­ners of the planet get a chance to con­tinue play­ing the game at a com­pet­i­tive level.

“If any­one wants to see some boys in their el­e­ment, just come out to a game,” Rawlyk said. “Th­ese kids smile from earto-ear and it’s un­be­liev­able.”

The Cy­clones are back in ac­tion Wed­nes­day when they travel to Swift Cur­rent.

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