Coach from op­pos­ing team ap­plauds Tri Pen Ice

The Compass - - OPINION -

On be­half of the Tri-Com Thun­der ban­tam AAA hockey team that com­peted in the East Coast Ice Jam Tour­na­ment in Hal­i­fax re­cently, I would like no­tify your read­ers about a true act of sports­man­ship that oc­curred.

After our team won the cham­pi­onship game on Sun­day, Jan. 11, ver­sus the Fred­er­ic­ton AAA Cana­di­ens, the en­tire Tri Pen Ice ban­tam AAA team came onto the ice to con­grat­u­late our team. After suf­fer­ing a tough over­time loss to the same Fred­er­ic­ton team in the semi-fi­nals, the team re­turned to the rink and watched the fi­nals.

Cap­tain Zachary Ben­nett came down to our dress­ing room be­fore the game and wished the play­ers and my­self good luck in the fi­nals. This was very much ap­pre­ci­ated com­ing from a player I coached as part of the High Per­for­mance Pro­gram Un­der-15 team.

I would like to com­mend coach Nel-

I would like to com­mend coach Nel­son Ben­nett and his team for what can only be de­scribed as the true mean­ing of sports­man­ship in our game.

son Ben­nett and his team for what can only be de­scribed as the true mean­ing of sports­man­ship in our game. Our teams bat­tle hard in the ban­tam AAA league here at home along with the other three teams and will con­tinue to do so for the rest of the sea­son. How­ever, as a fel­low coach I have the up­most re­spect for coach Ben­nett for his team’s ac­tions.

I con­grat­u­late them on hav­ing a fine tour­na­ment. Their tal­ent turned a lot of heads in Hal­i­fax, and they had sev­eral play­ers named to all-star teams.

— Trevor Budgell, head coach of the Tri-Com Thun­der team, writes from St. John’s

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