|The Royals with hockey players in Vanguard|
|Top-Todd Hornung, Patrick Marleau|
|Vintage Vanguard Crest|
With no heating (a balmy –32), the chilly, almost 60 year old rink brought back fond memories for the head coach and GM of the Royals.
Marc even allowed some aspiring hockey players to skate with the club after practice for a giant game of shinny.
|Local players skate with the Royals after practice.|
|Ben Walker plays shinny|
In classic pond hockey style, the club wore different colored socks on their heads to signify which team they were on (that or to warm their ears).
“…gives them a chance to see what grass roots hockey is really about, and why and how the game was played in small town Saskatchewan.”
Steven Hodges put on a stick handling clinic, as Ben Walker zipped around in a massive game of keep away. Keith Hamilton stacked the pads while the youngsters tried to fire pucks over top.
|Victoria's Brandon Magee & Robin Soudek|
Afterwards they signed autographs and all warmed up with some of the best hot chocolate and poutine around.
With a big smile frozen on his face, assistant coach Ben Cooper wimpered that his eyes were watering. He wore a toque the entire time.
“The neat thing was you could hear everyone skating” said assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto in regards the acoustics with the curved walls so close to the ice. “It was lots of fun, good to get back to the grass roots of hockey.”
For those keeping count, a Large Coffee was just $1.25. Now that's keeping it real.
Victoria plays in Swift Current Tuesday night, Moose Jaw Wednesday and wrap up 6 games in 9 nights Friday and Saturday with stops in Prince Albert and Saskatoon.
Listen here to Marc Habscheid's interview:
|The rink in Vanguard, Saskatchewan|