Remembrance Day gave the U11 Stars – Team Turnbull some appreciation for their freedom as they battled in the Kamloops Atom Blast tournament this past weekend.
Poppies proudly on display on each players’ helmet, these young men and women gave it their all in five games over a three-day period. The young Stars went undefeated in the round robin regular play with goaltenders Mack Dekker and Jovi Fehr pairing up for a shut-out in game one. After respectfully taking games two and three, they finished first in their group. They humbly rode proud into the A-division semifinals where the group met their first defeat of the year to the sticks of West Kelowna. This placed them in the bronze medal match versus Kelowna and after a very hard-fought sixty minutes, Kelowna was victorious taking home some hardware.
Even though this group did not complete the task they set out for themselves, they remained positive, humble, and held their heads high. Their tenacity and perseverance were truly a marvel to witness and be a part of.
This team had an incredible weekend together: the parents and coaching staff were able to noticeably witness positive change within the group. They not only worked extremely hard on the ice, but also created a fistful of memories and stories for years to come. We saw buckets of sweat, loads of laughter, some happy tears, and some sad, but thankfully no blood!
I am extremely proud to be a part of this team and have total admiration for each person wearing that Stars logo on their chest. Once again, well done U11 Stars on all your accomplishments this weekend, and I cannot wait to work with you again soon.
– Coach Adam