Two of Golden’s bright young hockey stars returned from the Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Mississauga, Ont. with some valuable experience, good memories and, in the case of Jake Gudjonson, a gold medal.
“First time there and being able to bring back gold was pretty sweet,” Gudjonson said.
Gudjonson was named to Team BC for the tournament despite missing the tryout, and showed his coaches that he deserved that rare exception by potting two goals and six assists across the tournament’s six games. The Golden Rocket rookie standout played a valuable offensive role for BC, which took home the gold after a 3-0 win over Team North.
“The gold medal game…wasn’t as stressful as the semi-final game,” Gudjonson said. “In our semi-final we played Manitoba and beat them in overtime which was a stressful game. It was our biggest challenge.”
Also competing in the May 2-7 tournament was Annah Setter, who helped the province’s girls’ team to a fourth place finish. It was the Goldenite’s third straight year competing in the national tournament.
“It was probably the best year for me yet…just because all the girls bonded a lot better than in the previous years,” Setter said about the team’s performance, which was the best finish for B.C. in several years.
Setter played centre, up from her regular spot on the blue line, and chipped in two goals and two assists in six contests.
B.C. fell by a 3-2 score in overtime in the bronze medal match against Manitoba to fall just short of the podium.
Both players aren’t sure what their hockey plans are for the fall. Setter says she may opt to take a leap year and play at an academy with hopes of getting a spot on a university team next year, while Gudjonson is hoping to make the jump from the KIJHL to the Junior A level.