The Golden PeeWee Rockets wrapped up their season in style this past weekend with a trip to Edmonton that included an NHL game, a trip to World Water Park and a couple of their own games as well.
The PeeWee team left for Edmonton last Thursday and arrived well in time to take in an Oilers game that night. The game itself was only half the excitement, however, as the team got the chance to meet a few players from the visiting Buffalo Sabres after the game.
“They were happy to sign anything that we handed their way…they were really fantastic,” said one of the Rockets’ coaches Mike Palumbo. “Some of the kids had never even seen a game, it was really great.”
The Peewee Rockets played two games and finished the weekend with a 1-1 record against local competition.
Their first game on Friday night saw the team face-off against the Spruce Grove Cobras, which they won by a score of 8-2.
On Saturday afternoon the Rockets met their match against the St. Albert Saints and lost a close 7-6 decision.
Prior to their trip, the Rockets gave out their end of season awards. Among the winners, Datton Durning was given the team’s MVP award, Sam Lussier was named the most sportsmanlike player, Dylan Anderson won the award for the player with the most heart, Rowan Heim was named the most improved player and Johhny Crawford was given the award for the player with the most hustle.
All in all, it was a very successful year that saw the entire team improve their game throughout.
“This was probably the best year of hockey I’ve ever been involved in…and that’s a lot of years,” Palumbo laughed.
The trip to Edmonton was made possible through a variety of fundraisers, including a bake sale and bottle drive. In addition, the team’s sponsors for the road trip included Jepson, Down Memory Lanes and Kootenay Pumping.