Men's Hockey Program Opens Canada Games with Border Rival
Friday, February 15, 2019 - The Team Saskatchewan Men’s Hockey program is heading into the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, hoping to repeat a performance by the 1995 team that won gold in Grand Prairie, Alberta. That year, a forward by the name of Patrick Marleau (Aneroid, SK) scored the golden goal against Team Alberta in the second period to secure the victory.
Fast forward to this year, the men’s team opens the tournament against a familiar foe, in Team Alberta. The game takes place Saturday, February 16, at 8:30 PM (CST – SK). Team Saskatchewan boast a lineup which includes three (3), 1st round picks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in Nolan Allan (3rd overall, Prince Albert), Cole Sillinger (11th Overall, Medicine Hat) and Gabriel Klassen (19th Overall, Portland). All twenty players on Team Saskatchewan’s roster were selected by WHL clubs in the Bantam Draft.
Team Saskatchewan will compete in Pool B with the other western branches and will take on Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. The preliminary round ends on Monday, February 18.
If you wish to follow the team online, check out the Canada Winter Games live stream at https://canadagames.live/mens-hockey
Men’s Ice Hockey was first introduced to the Canada Winter Games in 1967, it was in 1979 that Team Saskatchewan first participated in Men’s Hockey. The best result achieved in Men’s Hockey was gold in 1995. It was Patrick Marleau (Aneroid, SK) who scored the golden goal against the hosts, Team Alberta. Most recently, Saskatchewan’s Male Hockey program is coming off a 7th place finish at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
The Male Hockey competition is from February 16 to 22 with Team Saskatchewan opening the preliminaries in Pool B against the hosts, Team Alberta. The Female Hockey competition follows on February 24 to March 2.