Trio of young hockey players make Sunset Country Razorbacks Triple A team
Tim Brody - Editor
Three young hockey players in the Sioux Lookout Minor Hockey Association (SLMHA) who dream of one day playing in the NHL will soon take the next step towards making that dream a reality, building on what they have already learned.
The boys have made the Sunset Country Razorbacks Triple A team, based out of Kenora, and will play in three tournaments with that team: Brandon, Manitoba in April, Winnipeg, Manitoba in May, and Minneapolis, Minnesota in August.
Christian Madsen and Jack Hargrave currently play on the SLMHA U9 Sioux Storm. Brock Beattie is a member of the SLMHA U9 Wolverines.
“I think it’s good and we’re going to have fun,” Christian said of making the team.
He said he is looking forward to learning new skills and playing at a higher level.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” Brock agreed, sharing that he is looking forward to, “Having fun and scoring and passing.”
“It feels good and I think this is going to be a really good team,” Jack said.
All three boys say they are looking forward to learning new skills and improving as players.
SLMHA U9 Sioux Storm Coach John Madsen said, “I’m really proud as a coach this year, how they’ve progressed. The kids have shown up each and every practice ready to listen, work hard, and make changes to their game. They’ve come a long way from a few months ago and it’s amazing to see at this age how that happens.”
“They’re going to get exposure to full ice with all the rules, penalties, offsides, 20 minute stop-time periods… It will be a big adjustment for them, half ice to full ice,” Madsen explained.
The boys will begin spring practices in Vermilion Bay each weekend with the Razorbacks once minor hockey season is over.
Madsen said he’s had the pleasure of coaching an awesome Sioux Storm team this season and said the Sioux Wolverines have been equally talented, “I just want to say I’m proud of the whole group. It’s been amazing to work with that whole crew. We have 14 on the team, plus the goalie… I think the Wolverines are also about 12-13 kids and overall it’s been amazing. They’ve come a long way and can compete anywhere we go.”