On December 20, Memorial Arena played host to what Vice-Principal Brad Booker hopes to be an annual event. “The students approached admin back in September about having a student-teacher hockey game. Initially it sounded like a great idea, and then when we started looking at the logistics of it all, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to pull it off,” he said.
It seems so simple really; students sign up, teachers sign up, and they play a hockey game. However, it is not that simple. Which students get to play? How do we get to the rink if it is -25? Who takes the students to the rink if teachers are playing? Who is going to coach and do we need coaches? What if the staff can’t skate? Who will referee? All of these questions had answers and then some.
Nolan Krane organized the students, putting up a sign-sheet and announcements for any students who wanted to play; not just the minor hockey players. Eight teachers were on board to play, and they arranged for other staff to be in charge of their classes. Parents, Darcy Heartt, Mike Reid, Rick Schwartz and Kim Buchan volunteered to run the clock and coach the student teams. A number of firefighters, Marcel Capelle, Cody Meares, Kiel Davoren, Gary Kerbart, as well as South Peace Alumni, Mikayla Capelle and Riley Krane, who were home for the holidays, rounded out the teacher team. James Rutledge, Dave and Simon Hamilton gave up their afternoon and wore the stripes. Last but not least, Mayor Bumstead and his witty comments stood on the bench for the teachers.
“The objective of this hockey game was to build and involve community. Not only the school community, but Dawson Creek as a whole,” says Principal Josh Kurjata. Parents, School Board staff and community members were all invited to come out and watch the game.
The Mile Zero Figure Skating Pre Novice Synchro team made a guest appearance during the first intermission, showing off their program they will performing in Calgary on January 12, 2019.
Overall it was a huge success. The players had fun, the students, staff and community members who attended had fun and the voluntary entrance fee of $1 raised $351 for the Network Ministries.
The Penguin Cup was not raised at the rink as numbers had to crunched after the game as each team won and lost a game. The official results are as follows:
Student team white: 6 goals for, 8 against
Student team blue: 4 goals for, 5 against
Teachers: 8 goals for, 5 against
I think we have a winner!
Submitted by Judy Eagles
Photos, except where noted, by Austin Cozicar