NORTH BATTLEFORD - It was a strong week of hockey for several Indigenous hockey players from Battlefords based teams.
The seven Battlefords AAA Stars players and one Battlefords North Stars player were on the roster of Team Saskatchewan, who took silver at the 2022 National Aboriginal hockey championships at Membertou, N.S. held May 7-14.
On the roster from AAA Stars were defenceman Easton Adrian, forwards Kobie Anderson and Ayden Belanger, defencemen Easton Debray and Dayne Henry and forwards Rylan Williams and Treycen Wuttunee. The one North Stars player was forward Matthew Henry.
The Battlefords local players on the team are Anderson and Belanger from Saulteaux First Nation, and Wuttunee from Red Pheasant First Nation. Debray is from nearby Poundmaker First Nation.
Saskatchewan went undefeated at the tournament, with four straight wins in the round robin and a 6-0 win in the semifinal over Team Eastern Door and the North.
In the gold medal final Saturday the Saskatchewan team trailed 2-0 into the final minutes of the game, but scored with only four seconds left to tie it up. They fell to Ontario 3-2 in the overtime period.