Stam­pede hon­ours (and beats) Bert Haines

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By CHE BAKER

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.

Pho­tos: JAMES AL­LAN

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.

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