West Stars alumni skate to victory against Rimbey Midgets

As part of the official name change to the arena, the Midgets and former West Stars go to battle

West Stars Junior B hockey team alumni are

 

As part of the official name change to the Vern Poffenroth arena, the alumni of Rimbey West Stars Junior B hockey team donned team jerseys, laced up their skates and headed out on the ice last Saturday to face off against Rimbey Midgets.

With a good crowd in attendance and lots of cheering, The West Stars alumni won the game 10 – 8.

“I thought we would get our butts kicked,” joked Larry Trautman, who helped organize the event. He gave credit to Pat Bordman who played goal for the West Stars.

He said some of the players hadn’t played hockey for years. The team did not even get together for a practice before hand.

“We just met at the arena and went out there and just played hockey.”

Trautman said 17 members of the alumni team played in the game. Others gave their support from the stands.

Winning the game was not the only highpoint for the former league champion and Provincial medal winning West Stars.

Getting together with old friends, reminiscing and enjoying a great night of socializing helped make the event very special.

“Quite a few people showed up. We had people from B. C. and Henry Bouchard even came all the way from London, Ontario. We had five or six coaches there as well.”

Trautman had been coached by Vern Poffenroth in Midgets and well as when playing for the West Stars. He said the coach was a close, personal friend, as well.

“Vern was passionate about hockey,” he said, noting Poffenroth was head coach of the West Stars and took the team to Provincials in 1983, 1985 and 1986. The team later became Rimbey Rock.

The sign change celebration and hockey game was well planned and a huge success, he noted, giving credit to Mayor Rick Pankiw and all who helped with the organization.

“They did a fabulous job.”

 

 

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake woman charged with fraud over $500,000

Rimbey RCMP launched an investigation in July 2019 with the suspect turning herself in on Aug. 30

Bethlehem Walk enjoyed by many

Volunteers make event possible

Holiday season popular time for mail theft

Be cautious with mail and Amazon packages

Council supports cost of living increase

Rimbey’s interim budget shows slight increase

VIDEO: Merriam-Webster declares ‘they’ its 2019 word of the year

Declared word of year based on a 313-per-cent increase in look-ups on the company’s search site

Pet medical neglect cases on the rise in economically ailing Calgary

Alberta’s unemployment rate was 7.2 per cent in November compared with 4.4 per cent five years ago

Alberta premier opens war room to promote ‘truth’ about energy industry

Effort includes a $2.5-million public inquiry into foreign funding of anti-oil advocacy groups

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Almost 14,000 Canadians killed by opioids since 2016: new national study

17,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning

Thunberg ‘a bit surprised’ to be Time ‘Person of the Year’

‘I could never have imagined anything like that happening,’ she said in a phone interview

Toronto Raptors, Don Cherry top the list of Canadians’ Google searches in 2019

‘Champions’ was the theme of the last year, Google said

Day parole revoked for man who strangled wife, buried body in their Calgary home

Parole Board revoked Allan Shyback’s day parole after he had sex with a massage parlour worker

Alberta plans to reduce surgery wait-times by building operating rooms, using private clinics

Health minister says goal is to have 80,000 more surgeries done over the next 3 1/2 years

Most Read