The Bentley arena was very busy, and more green than usual on the March 15 weekend as Bentley Minor Hockey (BMH) hosted the Bentley Canucks Dynamite & Novice Tournament with four teams in each division.
The arena was decked out with green flags and shamrocks and leprechauns, and other things centered around the St Patrick’s Day theme.
Each team was guaranteed three games, with an extra playoff game for the two Novice teams earning the most points in the round robin.
It started early Saturday morning, then the official opening and puck toss around noon, and ended with the final Novice playoff done around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Teams this year came from Bentley, Rocky Mountain House, Beaumont, Red Deer, Drayton Valley, Lacombe, and Alix.
After each game, awards for the Heart & Hustle, MVP award, and Big Mac Player of the Game were named. All the Dynamites received a trophy to take home.
Bentley Canucks Dynamite team members were: Max Burris, Mayson Nevers, Merrick McDiarmid, Simeon Kingma, Deegan Robinson, Easton Beechinor, Kyler Beechinor, Ava Brown, Rodney Varga, Cooper Walker, Tucker Woroschuk, Saydee Zarantonello, Taylor Currier, Cody Wells, Toran Schofer, Porter Dickson, Mya Zarantonello and Easton McKinlay. Head coach was Kelly McKinlay with assistant coaches Pat Madden, Will Kingma, and Ryan Walker. Team manager was Heidi McKinlay. The Dynamites easily won two of their three games.
Playing on the Bentley Canucks Novice team were: Cade Gerrits, Micheal Louis, Jensen Butcher, Harper Walker, Kevin Jaffray, Jared Gish, Graedy Landry and Tucker Vert. Head coach was Ed Butcher with assistant coaches Ryan Walker, Kevin Landry, and Brian Gerrits. Team manager was Jenienne Landry.
The Rocky Mt. House Razors Novice and the Alix Avalanche Novice met in the Novice final with the eventual gold medal winner being Alix winning 3-2 in an exciting finish with 21 shots on goal for Rocky and 16 for Alix.
Rocky had beat Alix in the round robin.
Timekeepers, announcers and referees kept things on track.
The concession was well utilized. Raffle donors and supporters once again were very generous.
BMH held their spring meeting on March 18.