L to R: Rylan Olson

Lakers selected to play for elite Red Deer hockey team

“It’s a more elite level of hockey and not everybody can go play it.” Coach Shawn Olson

Three players from the Sylvan Lake Lakers minor hockey program have been selected to play for 2006 Red Deer Rustlers AAA hockey team this year.

The three eight-year-old boys are Rylan Olsen, Bode Dakin and Logan Yanick.

Dynamite minor hockey coach Shawn Olson said he’s proud of the players’ respective accomplishments, as the boys are among just 13 selected from a pool of 40 to 50.

“It’s a more elite level of hockey and not everybody can go play it,” Olson said. “You have to try out for it.”

The players attended three one-hour tryout sessions, where coaches narrowed their selections down after each session.

Being able to score goals isn’t the only skill coaches look for when selecting players, Olson said; they are looking for all kinds of skills, such as teamwork and listening skills.

“If you’re not a team guy and they know that, they won’t pick you,” Olson said. “Anyone can go play winter hockey for fun. This is fun too, but it’s more competitive. It turns you into a very good hockey player. It’s a league-level coaching. These guys are learning from the best coaches around.”

Playing on the team will give the players two months of extra playing time, as the hockey season typically ends in March.

In April and May, they will play in five tournaments, and games every weekend.

The players will play their tournaments with other elite level teams from around the province, including places such as Jasper, Kelowna, Edmonton and Calgary.

Olson said the point is not about winning, but rather, development and allowing players the chance to meet new friends from different places — the team consists of players from Red Deer, Lacombe, Bentley, Innisfail and Caroline.

“You get to meet other kids, parents get to meet other families and you have lifelong friends,” Olson said. “That’s what it’s more about.”

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake students prepare for opening night of ‘Almost, Maine”

Students and staff from H.J. Cody have been hard at work since September to bring Almost to life

WATCH: Sylvan Lake’s Daddy/Daughter Dance

The event was put on by SPARC Parent’s Association on Nov. 17

West Central Midget Tigers pounce on Airdrie

The Tigers’ regular season record is 10-1-2 after two wins this weekend

Big Bear Energy makes a big donation to Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau

Big Bear Energy recently gave a donation to help families in need this holiday season

PHOTOS: H.J. Cody celebrates Academic Excellence

The Academic Awards ceremony was Nov. 16 at the Nexsource Centre

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

Ponoka’s Caleb Shimwell arrested after pursuit

Police allege that Shimwell rammed a police cruiser

731,000 Canadians going into debt to buy prescription drugs: UBC

Millennials and those without private coverage were more likely to borrow money

Pot users, investors need to be vigilant at Canada-U.S. border

U.S. authorities say anyone who admits to having used pot before it became legal could be barred

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

Ponoka woman and Sylvan Lake man see assault charges withdrawn

Charges dropped in Rimbey Provincial Court, stayed against Morsette

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

Most Read