Flyers flying high

GardenValley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba

By Dwight H.

The key for the Flyers this year will be dedication. "This team is going to go as far as our dedication carries us," said Flyer Chad L.

Consisting of 15 veterans and six rookies, the Flyers are a young but experienced hockey club. The veteran Flyers members are all mostly 18 or 19 years old, and have been to the rough and intense MJHL playoffs.

The Junior "A" hockey club looks good with a 3-1 record so far, and having dominated play in every way. Forwards really have contributed as well as strong defense at the blueline.

Goaltending looks great, with veteran goalie, Eric P., as the "go to" guy, along with the Pembina Valley Hawks "AAA" goalie Reggie L. They should have no problem keeping pucks out of their net.

With the loss of their key veteran, Matt W., the captain Laird L. will have to step it up a bit and keep the team alive. Matt suffered an injury on Saturday night in a pre-season game against the Selkirk Steelers. Matt will be out for eight to 10 weeks. "We will need him back as soon as possible," commented Laird.

The Flyers found out last year the hard way that the MJHL playoffs are no breeze. "Last year we learned that you can't just go the whole year with only talent," Laird said. Their style of play this year will be rough and hard-working along with some razzle dazzle. "We are a two way team this year," Laird responded, "Talented, upfront, and tough in the back".

In the next week, the Flyers will be cutting down to their regular 21-man roster. They've already signed some good quality talent, including Joey C. from Notre Dame and Joel C. from Parkland Rangers, who are both big and very talented.

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