The coaching staff knew they had something special even before the season began.
After calling for some voluntary extra practices during spring break, they were surprised at the turnout from the players.
“Our scrimmages were fast-paced and intense,” said Grunts coach Brad Moore.
“(And) overall, we had a team that loved coming to the rink and really got along well.
“Our dressing room was lively and had a very fun atmosphere.”
What wasn’t fun was the teams that had to face the Grunts.
The Grunts went 16-0 during the regular season and then won another six games to capture the Valley Ball Hockey Association minor division title. That included a dramatic come-from-behind last-second victory in the VBHA finals against the Black Attack, when the Grunts scored twice in the final five minutes for the 3-2 win.
That victory advanced the team to the B.C. provincial championships, which ran June 28 to July 1 at North Delta’s Sungod Arena.
And the Grunts capped off their perfect season, going 5-0, including a 7-2 win over Victoria in the semifinals and then 4-1 over Richmond in the championship game.
Altogether, the team was a perfect 27-0.
“We were fortunate to draft a very good goalie, had a solid defence and some very skilled forwards,” Moore said.