Tough year for graduating Flyers players

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Almost all athletes at every level have been affected negatively by COVID-19 and this was no different locally for the u18 Foothills Flyers.

Coach Jay Profeit said it was a tough two seasons, because of the global pandemic.

The Flyers were able to play a little hockey at the beginning of October, but there season was cut short.

“We got in a few weeks of practice and then played back to back games against Bassano,” said Profeit.

That was it.

“Shortly after, the new restrictions kicked in resulting in us having to stop all activities. Near the end of November we had a glimmer of hope and got to go back on the ice for one practice before more restrictions kicked in and had to stop again. That was our last time on the ice as a team.”

Unfortunately due to the restrictions it has been tough for most kids to train for hockey.

“Gyms were shut down, even outdoor rinks have been tough to use due to restrictions,” said Profeit.

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“Hopefully as it gets closer to spring and restrictions are eased they can find ways to keep active through baseball or other spring sports.”

Midget aged hockey players usually play for three years in that age group.

“Their second year season they were days away from playing in the finals before it was stopped due to COVID, then this year never really got to have a season,” said Profeit.

The coach liked the team he had and wishes the graduating players the best moving forward.

“This season’s team was another great group of kids just like last year and we definitely would have had just as much fun and winning as we did last season,” said Profeit.

“Hockey is an amazing sport and does not need to end when minor hockey ends. Hopefully the boys aging out find a way to stay in the game, coaching, beer league or just going to the outdoor rink whenever possible with friends and family.”

The coach and Flyers organization want to thank the graduating players who include:

#7 Ty Freeman
#10 Keefe Fortin
#13 Callan McClurg
#14 Jack Lewin
#21 Torrance Clark
#31 Cody Bowles

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