Hockey players named to Team Saskatchewan
by Phil Ambroziak
Two Meadow Lake hockey players have been given an opportunity to showcase their skills at the national level.
Jadyn Trimble, 15, and Drake Teer, 16, spent the 2013-14 season as members of the Meadow Lake AA Bantam Stampeders of the Centre Four Hockey League where they amassed a combined total of 52 points. Trimble also spent some time this season with the Battlefords Stars of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. Now, however, both forwards will be taking their game to a new level when they join Team Saskatchewan for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships at the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal.
“It’s a tournament involving Métis and First Nations players from across Canada,” Trimble remarked. “We made the team and will be heading there April 26. We’ll be there for seven days and will play a game on each of those days.”
Organized through the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), the 13th annual event is one of the biggest aboriginal tournaments in the country.
“It’s an opportunity for them to play at an elite level against teams from eight different provinces,” stated Mark Arcand, who formerly served as NAHC coordinator. “Former NHL player John Chabot will also be on hand to scout players for his Hit the Ice program, an initiative that offers two weeks of intense training both on and off the ice followed by exhibition games against major junior teams from Ontario and Quebec.”
Arcand went on to describe the event as an opportunity for participants to bring what they learn back home and in turn serve as role models to other young aboriginals in their own communities.
In order to qualify for the team, Trimble and Teer had to make it through two tryout camps held recently in Saskatoon.
“We’ve been practising every weekend from then until the tournament,” Trimble added. “I’m looking forward to it because I love playing hockey and because I’ll have a chance to see Montreal. I’ve never been there before, so it’ll be pretty sweet.”
In recent years, Team Saskatchewan has had great success at NAHC, claiming gold five years in a row from 2008-2012.