Stampede honours (and beats) Bert Haines
After a decade playing for the Southern Stampede, captain Bert Haines has been honoured for his dedication to the team.
Haines was congratulated on Saturday night following an Ice Blacks verse the Stampede game in Queenstown.
He was the captain of both squads and the only person to play for the Stampede for all 10 seasons.
In recognition for his commitment, the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club presented Haines with a framed list of the ten Southern Stampede teams he has been on.
However, with the weekend doubling as an Ice Black training camp he had no choice but to turn his back on his local team and play for the national side during the two games held in the weekend.
There was no friendly play from his team mates with the Stampede able to snatch a win off the national side.
Friday’s game saw Stampede take the win 6-4 but the Ice Blacks were able to fight back and win the second game 3-2 on Saturday.
The second game saw the fulltime score tied at 2-all and after no winner was revealed after overtime, the Ice Blacks were able to take the win on a penalty shoot out.
Players did not take it easy on each other, with plenty of barging, tripping and a punch up in true ice hockey style.
Haines said ‘‘it was bloody difficult to play against my boys’’.
Callum Burns and Aston Brookes joined Haines from the Stampede to play for the New Zealand squad.
Seasoned skipper: Ice Blacks assistant coach and former Southern Stampede player Stacey Rout, of Christchurch, left, and former Stampede player Simon Glass, right, present Ice Blacks and Stampede captain Bert Haines, centre, a framed list of the Stampede teams for the past ten years to mark his tenth season for the Stampede.