H.J. Cody Lakers to celebrate 20 years with alumni game

The alumni game, and pub night to follow, takes place on Sept. 2

This year marks 20 years of football at H.J. Cody High School and the club, along with Sylvan Lake Minor Football (SLMFA) is looking to celebrate in style.

On Sept. 2 SLMFA is planning an alumni game with players of the H.J. Cody Lakers from over the past 20 years.

The only problem currently is there hasn’t been many past players signing up to play.

Head Coach of the Lakers, and the man who revitalized the team, Jeremy Braitenback says they need more past players to make up the teams.

“So far we haven’t had very many sign-up or say there were interested. If we don’t get enough we may not be able to have a game,” said Braitenback.

It is possible the game will go from being a full contact game to a touch football game depending on the number of available players.

After the game a reception will be held at Hockey Central for players, fans, friends and family.

The reception will also act as a fundraiser for SLMFA.

The “pub night” will include all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet, games, auctions and music.

The game is free for spectators and the tickets to the pub night are $20 each if bought before Sept. 1. Tickets go up to $25 each when bought at the door.

“I think it will be a lot of fun if we can get the players together,” said Braitenback.

Alumni players and coaches interested in being part of the day are encouraged to sign up.

An entry form can be found at http://slmfa.com/Forms.aspx

Entry for the players is $60 and game entry/insurance, alumni game shirt and ticket to the pub night.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet up with old friends again and play a good game of football,” said Braitenback.

Along with the alumni game the Sylvan Lake Minor Football Association has arranged a football day on Sept. 30.

All four Sylvan Lake teams; Lakers, Lions, Bears and Tigers, will be playing regular season games at home throughout the day.

More information about the alumni game and how to register can be found on the SLMFA Facebook page.

“I ca’t believe we made it to 20 years. It is a huge sense of achievement to make it when other said we wouldn’t,” said Braitenback.

The alumni game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 2 with the sub night to follow at 6 p.m.

megan.roth@sylvanlakenews.com