MP Blaine Calkins spoke in the House of Commons during last Wednesday’s question period to acknowledge the efforts of all the people who helped in the successful bid to win the Kraft Hockeyville 2014 title.
The text of his poem follows:
There are great things done under Albertan sun
When people stand together
In support of a town whose Arena came down
In the worst of winter’s weather.
The Sylvan Lake Lights have seen queer sites
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the street when Lakers did meet
For a photo in minus 40 degrees.
Now this tale that I weave, most wouldn’t believe
If you’d asked them a few weeks ago
But opportunity knocked, Sylvan volunteers rocked
When Kraft provided some hope
Those who played in this game, I’ll call them by name
For victory belongs to them
They gave it their all, no task was too small
And if I’ve missed any, please forgive
Here’s to Parsons and Rosie, who worked for the trophy
Along with his lovely wife Kim
Brenda Dale, Jared Waldo were easy to follow
What was started by Kevin Putnam
Jas, Kelly and Kris, also took part in this
Dale and Crystal, well they never tired
Nor did Dianne, Megan, Steve, and the one in the lead
Inexhaustible Mayor McIntyre
For those who work in the news, and give us their views
I give credit where credit is due
You provided air time, never charging a dime
Unto you goes a worthy salute
The Sylvan Lake Lights have seen many great sights
But the greatest that they ever will
Was that Saturday night, amidst cheer and delight
Sylvan Lake won Kraft Hockeyville!!!
You can view Calkins’ address in the House of Commons, on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9SC47_Rh1U&list=UUUCGwXhB-05T9MoqV8tJTWQ.