Team BC golden at State Wars
A provincial roller hockey team with a strong Langley contingent was too much for the competition at the elite State Wars championships.
The nine-player team — half of whom are from Langley — captured top spot in their division at the roller hockey championship held in St. Louis, Mo. earlier this month.
“It definitely feels good because in 2009 we came second,” said Dawson Brown, a forward on the B.C. squad.
“It feels good to come back and win.”
B.C. went 7-0 at the tournament including a 6-2 victory over Florida in the 1998 AAA division gold medal game earlier this month.
The tournament ran Aug. 3 to Aug. 6.
“I thought we had a good shot to win,” added another of the local players, Baylee Wright.
“We had won it before and we had a good team.”
Wright played up a year in 2010 and helped the B.C. 1997 squad win gold in their division at the event.
“It was exciting to bring back the gold.”
Wright led the team in scoring with 11 goals and 11 assists in the preliminary round and then another two goals and seven assists in the three playoff games.
Another Langley player, Luc Gingras was stellar in goal. He posted a 1.50 goals against average during pool play and then dropped that down to 1.00 in the playoff round. Gingras also had a shutout in both rounds.
The majority of the players are from the Westcoast Roller Hockey League which plays out of the Walnut Grove Sportsplex.
The players attended a tryout back in May at Sportsplex and were selected to represent B.C. at the State Wars tournament.
Brown, a late addition to the team, finished the entire tournament with four goals and five assists.
The two other Langley players were Spencer Gerth (eight goals, three assists) and Dennis Cholowski (four goals,four assists).
The other team members were South Delta’s Sam Kozlowski (seven goals, four assists), Delta’s Nick Wicks (five goals, five assists) and Prince George’s Darren Hards (nine goals, four assists) and James Gordon (two goals, three assists).