It's 'next year' time for the Drumheller Dragons after they were eliminated from the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs in six games by the Brooks Bandits. However, it could take Heather Colberg a little more time to get over it.
Drumheller's mayor lost a bet with her Brooks counterpart, Barry Morishita, where the loser would have to wear the opposing team's jersey at a council meeting. She lived up to her obligation on Monday evening.
"Unfortunately, I had to wear that Bandits jersey for the council and that was tough to do," she recalled. "I really am truly asking the community to support the Dragons next year so this never happens again."
The season ended for the Dragons on Sunday evening, as they fell 6-3 in front of an announced crowd of 1,386, their largest all season.
"It was amazing...and you could feel the vibe in the arena," noted Colberg. "I know it really helped the players; unfortunately, it didn't get the win, but it sure gave them motivation."
So what did the mayor do after wearing the dreaded blue and white jersey on Monday?
"I used it to wipe up council chambers," she joked. "No, actually, I've got to return it to the mayor of Brooks and buy him lunch, so maybe I'll do a drive through so that I don't have to spend too much money or time on him."