New regional AAA novice hockey team looking for local players
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Sunset Country Razorbacks are a new, regional triple-A novice hockey team that’s looking for local 2011 birth-year players that will compete in elite-level tournaments in Manitoba and Minnesota.
“We’re looking for kids from Kenora, Red Lake, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout. It’s a novice triple-A team that will be competing in spring hockey in 2019,” said head coach Bryan Boshold.
Evaluation tryouts will be held in early November, but Boshold shared that the team is already booked for three tournaments with an option for a fourth tournament. One of the tournaments already booked is the North American Hockey Classic in Winnipeg, which is one of the premier tournaments in North America.
“There are three tournaments booked now. There’s one in Winkler for the triple-A cup, there’s one in Brandon for the Source for Sports triple-A challenge, and then the Winnipeg North American Cup. There’s also an optional tournament for the Stars in Stripes tournament in Minneapolis in May, which is probably the best tournament in the upper mid-west,” he shared.
The cost hasn’t been finalized yet, but Boshold ensures that this spring hockey opportunity will be at a discounted price. The team is fully insured and sponsored, and included with fees will be two jerseys, socks, pant shells and helmet decals.
Boshold emphasized that, by playing for his team, it won’t take away from other sports and opportunities in the summer because most of the play will be taking place in April. Boshold encourages kids to play multiple sports, if they can, to enjoy those experiences and to help them become a better overall athlete.
“We’re going to be doing the tournaments in April with that one option in May and there’s going to be two weekends of practice beforehand in late March, so the kids will still have their whole summer to do whatever other sports or plans they want. I’m a firm believer in encouraging kids to play multiple sports because it usually results in them becoming a better athlete anyways. They can develop better hand-eye coordination playing baseball or lacrosse, and some kids do soccer so they’re improving footwork and cardio too,” he concluded.
Evaluation tryouts are scheduled for Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Vermillion Bay Arena.
For more information about the team, contact Boshold at email@example.com.