BANTAM CHAMPS - The Bantam Eagles Hockey team brought home two banners to the Eckville Arena.

BANTAM CHAMPS - The Bantam Eagles Hockey team brought home two banners to the Eckville Arena.

Bantam Eagles take home league and zone championship banners

The Bantam Eagles brought home a League championship and Zone Championship banner to add to the walls of the Eckville Arena.

The Bantam Eagles brought home a League championship and Zone Championship banner to add to the walls of the Eckville Arena.

“They played really well,” Coach Geoff Humphrey said. “We started off the season pretty slow but the boys really came together as a group. The last couple months had them playing some really good hockey. It was a lot of fun.”

The improvement of team play led to the Eagles growing their individual fundamentals.

“Every boy on our team grew a lot this year and gained some skills,” Humphrey said. “It was a real fun season.”

The bantam squad is sharing success with a minor hockey program that is seeing stunning success at every age group.

“It was actually a really good season,” Humphrey said about the program. “Probably one of the more successful seasons that we have had as an association.”

For the bantams, the Zone Championships came down to a thriller against one of their local rivals.

“The biggest highlight for our boys was coming back from a three goal deficit to beat Blackfalds to go to provincials,” Humphrey said. “The boys came together and played a heck of a game.”

These banners are just the latest successes in what has been excellent minor hockey careers for these bantam kids.

“This group of kids has quite a bit of success in their minor hockey careers, but it is definitely nice to put a couple banners up for the Minor Hockey Association,” Humphrey said. “This is a good group of kids. They get a long really well and fed off each other. It was a good season and a good group.”

Only around five players will be moving onto the Midget Eagles, meaning the bantam program will have many seasoned veterans next year.

“We should have a good team,” Humphrey said. “Kids obviously go and try out for other teams but they are a great group of kids.”

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