The Bantam A Bulldogs minor hockey team spent a whirlwind four days playing hockey and experiencing real winter in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory last week.
The Bulldogs were invited to Whitehorse last year by the bantam Mustangs, who traveled to Port Alberni to play in a tournament. Their competitive teams have limited places to play, Bulldogs’ manager Stefanie Weber explained. “They have to bring in teams. The closest places for them to play competitive hockey are either Fort St. John, B.C. or Juneau, Alaska.”
B.C. Minor Hockey blocked off the weekend for the Bulldogs so they wouldn’t have conflicting games. A contingent of 29 left Port Alberni last Thursday—for some players, the first time they were ever on a plane, Weber said.
Aside from playing four exhibition games with the Mustangs (Alberni won three and lost one), Port Alberni players were billeted with Mustang players, and the whole group was treated to a dogsledding adventure.
Kids also got to play outdoor hockey and go snowmobiling.
“For the kids, traveling like that was an experience,” Weber said.
“The people here have been fantastic,” coach Mike Doucette said. “A once in a lifetime amazing experience.”