Western Chev Ban­tam Rap­tors host suc­cess­ful pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Dozens of young peo­ple in Drumheller and through­out the prov­ince built a hockey mem­ory that will last a life­time right here in the val­ley, over the week­end.

The Western Chev Ban­tam Rap­tors hosted the T3 Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship in Drumheller. The Drumheller Me­mo­rial was alive all week­end from the open­ing cer­e­monies to the fi­nal puck drop. Pres­i­dent of Drumheller Mi­nor Hockey Ja­son James was pleased with the suc­cess of the tour­na­ment.

“Things went very well,” said James. “The fans and the par­ents were very happy and ex­cited. It was a nice pat on the back.”

He adds many par­tic­i­pants did take the time to en­joy the val­ley.

The Western Chev Ban­tams knew they were in tough for the tour­na­ment. They were close in their first game ver­sus the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings, but were not able to pull out a win for the tour­na­ment.

“There was lots of com­pe­ti­tion, but they had fun,” said James. “They will re­mem­ber this the rest of their lives. Even though they didn’t win a medal they will re­mem­ber it.”

Paul Isaac, Zone rep­re­sen­ta­tive echoed the im­por­tance of th­ese kinds of ex­pe­ri­ences for young peo­ple.

“I said (to the coaches) this week­end is hockey, but real life hap­pens af­ter,” said Isaac. “I said as coaches you are shap­ing young men and women to be adults. This is just one venue kids are al­lowed to ex­pe­ri­ence team and work to­gether. It is a pretty event­ful thing for th­ese kids.”

The Rap­tors on the at­tack last Fri­day evening as they hosted the Ban­tam T3 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships at Drumheller Me­mo­rial Arena.

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