Well, he did it. Stephen made the Bantam Zone 7 team! He attended the weekend tryout in Eston, and must have impressed someone. His ex-coach was one of the evaluators, and he either didn’t carry much weight with the coach or he was generous and gave Stephen a good evaluation. Whatever happened, Stephen got the magic phone call about 10:00 last night. We are so happy for him and proud of him. The team will have a one-day practice (four hours on the ice) in three weeks, and then they head to the tournament in Regina March 14 -16. There the eight Saskatchewan zone teams will play off. Apparently there are scouts all over the place at that tournament. 40 players are chosen to participate in a summer camp with last year’s 40 picks.
The following year, at the camp with next year’s Bantam zone picks, a team will be picked to play in either a Under 17 tournament or the Canada games. He’ll have to “keep his stick on the ice” as they say. (Or keep two hands on his stick, as his mother says.)
Stephen has also been invited to try out for the Battlefords AAA midget team. That tryout is at the beginning of April, so it will be a while until we are done with hockey.
Clem took Adam to Medicine Hat on Friday for an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Apparently he has injured ligaments in his knee, and will require two months of exercises and no
hockey or other sports. If it is not better after that, they will look at it again. Luckily he has his music to fall back on! The reviews of the band’s debut have all been super. They practiced again last night, apparently with a new, better drummer, and decided
that Adam should concentrate on the vocals. That boy is going to have girls hanging all over him!
Derek seems to be back to normal. He didn’t play in the Dodsland tournament on the weekend, but went to practice tonight and didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects. I also lost a bet with him that he couldn’t not talk all the way into town. I’ll gladly cough up that five bucks!!
That’s it for tonight’s update. Thanks for checking in! And happy Family Day!