Tumbler Ridge PeeWees hosting NERHL finals

Tumbler Ridge PeeWee 2016Trent Ernst, Editor

The weekend of February 27 and 28 is stacking up to be a busy few days here in Tumbler Ridge.

Not only will the Senior Girls Basketball Team hosting ten teams from around the region for Zones, but the Tumbler Ridge PeeWees will be hosting the PeeWee North East Recreational Hockey League Finals this year.

Seven teams will be in town that weekend for the tournament, plus the home team. Coach Will Howe says the top for teams after league play will be playing in the A division and the remaining four in a B final. “All league games are to be completed by February 21, so we know where the teams will have place going into the finals,” says Howe. Currently Tumbler Ridge is second place with 13 points, a one point lead over third and fourth.

Fort St John Opus is in First with 21 points.

The Tumbler Ridge PeeWee Raptors consists of first year players; Logan Lloyd-Howe, Austin Bradley, Quinton Scott, Emma Bellows, Kyra Bertrand, Brady Turner, Devin Trudel, Rylan McPherson and two month rookie, Sierra Eagles, as well as second year players Jaden McQueen, Jacob VanRootselaar, Hayzen Findley, Aiden Broderick, and five month rookie Kelly Kirby.

Howe, along with Assistant Coach Blaine Broderick and Team Manager Ashlee Mackay are excited about the team’s prospects this year.

“We’re a very diverse team, with a good mix of first and second year kids, and two rookies completely new to the game just this year”, said Coach Howe  “ But these kids get it, they play for the logo on the front, not the name on the back.  They love the game and play it with pride and passion for this town. I’m very proud of what these kids have accomplished so far, but we’ve all got our eyes focused now on bringing a new banner home to Tumbler Ridge”

Howe himself grew up playing hockey in Tumbler Ridge “The philosophy I pass down to these kids is the same one my coaches Rob, and Randy Muise used to tell us, ‘Play every shift like it’s the last shift you’ll ever play, and you’ll never be disappointed.’ When our kids play like that, they’re a pretty tough team to compete with.”

Come on down to the Rink over the Feb, 27-28th weekend and support the kids.  Let’s fill the Barn!!!!