Things are getting serious again for the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association midget boys’ team as they prepare to play in the British Columbia provincial tournament being held in Cranbrook from March 20-25.
Since recently winning their banner tournament the team has taken some time off.
Now that they are rested and injuries to a few members of the team are healing, the group is ready to take a run at the championships according to coach Glen Sage.
“We have 25 players who have been playing with us this year. They have had a couple of weekends without games so I think they are pretty eager to get going,” Sage said.
Working through the break Sage has been focussed on keeping the team in game shape and not letting rust build up leading into the tournament.
“We are trying to keep our timing, our shape and make sure we do not lose our skating legs,” he said.
To have a run at the title Sage feels the team just needs to play their game and hit the peak at the right point of the year.
“If we are ready to play we do quite well. If we are not ready to play then anybody can beat us. You listen to interviews with NHL players after a game and they talk about not being able to put together a good 60 minutes. If professionals have trouble doing it then it is tough to expect 15-17- year-olds to do it.”
The team has a great deal of confidence going into the event but Sage is just hoping that the team does their best while having a good time.