The exemplary sportsmanship displayed by Rimbey-based minor sports team has once again been acknowledged following the announcement that the Rimbey Atom Wolverines have been awarded the Governor’s Fair Play Award.
Making things even better was the fact that the award, which is given to the team deemed to be showing sportsmanship and fair play while on the ice, was voted on by the other 10 teams in the same league as the Wolverines.
“I think it’s a pretty important award for the kids to win and is almost as important as the banner you get for winning the whole league,” said head coach Kandy Froehlick. “It means that the kids definitely realize that the way they play the game is just as important as winning.”
Playing in a league that encompasses much of central Alberta from Drayton Valley in the north to Sundre in the south, Froehlick said he believes the Wolverine’s competitors always enjoyed playing their counterparts from Rimbey.
“I think when we played the games against other teams it was always a good game, not dirty and with no hard feelings when it was over and I think the other teams appreciated playing against us, the coach said, adding that despite finished in seventh place, the Wolverine players thoroughly enjoyed the season.
“On any given day, we had the ability to play with the top teams, but it didn’t always work out that way,” Froehlick said. “As long as our players learned some skills and different aspects of the game and had a lot of fun, that’s what’s most important.”
Earlier this month, the Rimbey Christian School Rams hockey team received high praise for their sportsmanship after participating in a tournament in Kalispell, Montana.