On Sunday, April, 7th, many awards were given out to the Drumheller Fun Team hockey players and volunteers for all of their efforts and support. This season is the 25th year the Drumheller Fun Hockey Team has been in the Valley.
There was a delicious pot luck dinner, awards, recognitions and bowling afterward.
This was Cody Hunt's first year with the Fun Team and was really excited to play this year.
"Defense, left wing, center and right wing," are the positions Hunt plays, he said. "This is my first year of Fun Team, so I got a Stanley Cup with it. Yeah, it was really fun. I liked it."
Some of these kids have been on the Fun Team for quite some time and they keep coming back year after year because it is such a great opportunity in the community, and the Volunteers are exceptional. Devon Landon is one of these kids. Landon's sister is a big part of the Fun Team also.
"Eight years, goalie. Just having a good time with everybody. My sister won a lot and I had to go up, and stand up there and hold it for her." Landon said.
Without the many Volunteers, Drumheller Fun Team Hockey would not survive as long as it has. One Volunteer, Brad LeDrew, from Western GM, was recognized this year for the Legacy award. Even though his kids are too young to be in Fun Team Hockey, LeDrew still volunteers his time because of what volunteers had done for him in his younger years growing up.
"I won a Legacy Award, for outstanding as a volunteer. For me when I was young, my parents were very busy so they didn't have the opportunity to volunteer. So it was always somebody else's Mom, Grandma or Grandfather that would come and turn on the lights to the arena so that me and other young guys and girls could play hockey. That's why I give back because there were so many other people that made an opportunity for me to play sports when I was a young man."
Each one of the volunteers and players that played a role in Fun Team Hockey, was recognized and appreciated. Each person received an award of appreciation, plus a personal letter of thanks from The Founder and President of Alberta Fun Team Hockey, retired NHL Edmonton Oilers Hockey Player, Dr. Randy Greg. He retired in 1992.
The fun teams had their Annual, Junior & Varsity Provincial & All-Star Tournament, at the Centrium in Red Deer on March 16th and March 23rd and all came out winners.
Drumheller Varsity Chinook's brought home the win 3-1. Drumheller Varsity Chinook's, Caleb Fisher earned the Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Game.
The Drumheller Jr. Blizzard of the Drumheller FunTeam Hockey Club completed its final game of the season with a gold finish capturing the Alberta FunTeam's Jr. All-Star honors with a 7-3 decision over the Delia FunTeam Jr. All-Stars, this was on March 23rd.
Drumheller FunTeam's Jr. Blizzard's Nathan Boland earned the games Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Game for Drumheller, while Delia FunTeam's Joey Moench earned the same honors for his team.
On Sunday, March 31 the Drumheller Intermediate Hurricanes earned their 2019 Alberta Provincial Intermediate Rec Hockey Banner at the Red Deer Centrium in their Championship game against the Olds Intermediate Grizzlys.
On March 16 it was the Drumheller Intermediate Hurricanes who outscored the Olds Intermediate Grizzlys 12 - 3 to bring home this year's top honors. Drumheller's Sam Gridley & Old's Brooke Worthington earned Most Sportsmanlike Players of the game.
The Drumheller Fun Team also commits time and efforts back into the community as well. Players, their families, and volunteers are committed each year for roadside clean up on Dinosaur Trail and are getting ready for the annual trek on Saturday, May 4th. Anyone can join and help out. Contact Nicky Sereda, Drumheller Fun Team Coordinator, at 403-820-0162