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​​​​​​​Kamsack Minor Hockey reflects on successful season

The 2023-24 hockey season included the unveiling of a new score clock and a special game between the SJHL's Yorkon Terriers and Melfort Mustangs.

KAMSACK — Kamsack Minor Hockey (KMH) concluded its season with an awards banquet and spring annual general meeting on March 21.

One significant development late last summer was the installation of a score clock at the cost of $18,760.48. A substantial portion of the expense was covered by $10,000 in sponsorships from Sas Kam Sportsman, Affinity Credit Union, KamCrete (Broda Family), and Richardson Pioneer. This investment was a testament to the community support and commitment to enhancing the hockey experience for players and spectators alike.

In October, KMH hosted a successful Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) game featuring the Yorkton Terriers. Despite the initial financial commitment of $10,000 to bring the game to Kamsack, the event surpassed expectations, generating a surplus of $1,500. The success of the event was attributed to the dedication of board members, volunteers, and the efforts of the rink crew in maintaining top-notch facilities.

Throughout the season, KMH focused on enhancing player skills through the assistance of skilled instructors such as Logan Foster, Casey O'Brien, Derek Serdachny, and goaltending instructor Zach Rakochy. Their contributions were instrumental in the development of players across various age groups, particularly in goaltending, where KMH boasts top-tier talent in league play.

Looking ahead, KMH anticipates its fall AGM, scheduled for late August to early September, where several positions within the board will be open for filling. Notably, the position of president will have to transition from the current incumbent Jared Ruf who is retiring from the postition, and the vacant position of Referee in Chief awaits a dedicated individual. The organization emphasizes the importance of community involvement to sustain the positive momentum of Kamsack Minor Hockey.

Team achievements during the season included the U9 team clinching the B banner, the U11 team emerging as league champion runners-up in a closely contested series against Langenburg, and the U13 team leading their final D series against Canora after Game 1. The success of these teams underscores the competitive spirit and dedication prevalent within KMH.

Throughout the regular season, the U11 Flyers engaged in high-scoring games characterized by impressive plays, one-timers, and fast breakaways. With a rigorous schedule of approximately 35 games, the team demonstrated resilience, losing only four matches throughout the season.

As the playoffs commenced, excitement reached new heights with the organization of Retro Night. Players donned new retro jerseys, evoking nostalgia and inviting past coaches and players to join in the celebration. Despite a challenging first playoff game, which ended in a loss to Churchbridge, the Flyers rallied in the subsequent match, securing a thrilling overtime sudden-death victory.

In the second round of playoffs, the team faced off against the Langenburg Warriors in a fiercely contested series. Despite a valiant effort and the support of dedicated fans, including those from the Keeseekoose First Nation who generously lent their bus for transportation, the Flyers fell short at the final buzzer, ending their playoff journey.

The coaches commented, “Flyer fans helped pack the rink and cheered the players on with a fast-paced back-and-forth game, but the U11 Flyers came up short at the buzzer. Hearts were heavy, maybe even a few tears were shed behind that closed door to the dressing room. Their journey this season started with three devoted and patient coaches and we ended the journey with 100 per cent heart and hustle at each game.”

Acknowledgements are extended to Bryce Erhardt and Amanda Hunter for their contributions to creating an engaging atmosphere during home games, as well as to local referees for their commitment throughout the season.

In reflecting on the season, KMH expresses pride in its competitive teams, financial stability, and the positive community spirit surrounding minor hockey in Kamsack. Along with players, coaches, managers, board members, parents, and fans, the KMH community said they remain committed to fostering the continued success of minor hockey in Kamsack.