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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 01/04/2019 (1403 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the start of spring after our long cold winter.

The end of winter hails the end of hockey season and I am so proud to be able to report on the recent victory of the Assiniboine Park AA bantam Rangers hockey team which claimed the 2019 city championship in its division!

The Assiniboine Park Hockey Association has been operating for over 45 years. It provides an elite hockey program in an environment which includes quality coaching, pride in self-improvement through hard work and discipline, and most importantly, fun.

Supplied photo The Assiniboine Park AA bantam Rangers won the 2019 city championship in their division this year.

Most of these 14- and 15-year-olds have played on and off with each other since they were wee Timbits! They aren’t just a team…they are good friends. When they’re not at practice or have a game, they’re still hanging out together.

Goalies Max Olson and Eli Koltek are nothing short of superheroes. Their sharp reflexes and quick glove-hand saves have prevented the team from going home with the lower score on the board many times.

Defenders Andrew Caron, Jack Carswell, Keenan Courchaine, Evan Guercio and Tommy Stefanson (my son)… These boys make it look easy! There aren’t many forwards in the league that can get a clear shot off when any one of them is on the ice.

The forward lines all have a unique style. Kai Williamson, Maclean Fish and Tyson Penner like to cycle and stickhandle to get those goals. Riley Dudych, Colten Anderson, Raf Padua and Ben Milne like to get physical and are gritty in front of the net. Jesse Tyc, David Balshaw and Zev Stern use speed and determination to make things happen.

Coach George Seidel and Coach Brian Smith (a 1971 Rangers alumnus) pushed their players every day to improve themselves, and each have qualities and strengths their players admire in leaders. Manager Crystal Anderson kept every aspect of this team running smoothly, and planned all the fun stuff.

More than just hockey players, the Rangers enjoy giving back and helping others in our community. This year they collected 109 pounds of food, and a $50 monetary donation for Winnipeg Harvest, and over the years have collected/delivered hampers for the Christmas Cheer Board.

The Rangers ended their 28-game season in third place, with 16 wins, 11 losses and one tie. After hard-fought first and second rounds, victory was theirs in a truly nail-biter of a final game!

Hard work, team effort, and passion for excellence made the AA bantam Rangers the 2019 city champions.
I will be so honoured to have the players and their families as my guests at the Legislature on April 4 for a private member’s statement celebrating their achievements.

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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