Girls Hockey is alive and well in Tumbler Ridge

The Tumbler Ridge Girls hockey team is only in its third year, but is so popular that there are 20 players on the team. Coach Scott Trim is very impressed with how well the girls have played so far this season, especially considering about one third of them are new to hockey this year. Also helping to coach the team are Dan Golob and Paul Payne.

The girls are wearing their new TR Raptors team jerseys, which were generously sponsored by LaPrairie Crane. LaPrairie Crane has been a huge supporter of hockey in Tumbler Ridge over the years, purchasing at least three sets of jerseys in the past couple of decades.

In their first game of this season Chetwynd came to town, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie after regulation time. It was a very close game, with many tense moments. Both coaches agreed to go into overtime, and Chetwynd managed to sneak one past the Tumbler Ridge goaltender for the overtime win.

The Tumbler Ridge Girls team traveled to Chetwynd for a tournament in November. In the round robin portion, Chetwynd and Tumbler once again played to a 1-1 tie. Then the girls played very strong teams from Beaverlodge and Fort St. John, losing both games but becoming stronger each outing. In the play-off game for 3rd vs. 4th, Tumbler Ridge played Chetwynd and the final score was 1-1 yet again. Chetwynd clinched 3rd place because of goals against in earlier games.

Other games that the girls have played in town have been against the Atom team, the Peewees, and also a very entertaining game against the parents of the players. The girls are looking forward to their home tournament on February 23rd and 24th, where the visiting teams will be from Chetwynd, Beaverlodge, Fairview and Fort Nelson.