George Alexander sports column

George A Portrait thumbnailIt was a busy weekend for all the kids involved in the Western Canadian Native Minor Hockey Championships. Hundreds of Aboriginal youth from across the Prairies came together in Saskatoon to play hockey over the Easter weekend. Boys and girls played in age categories from Pre Novice all the way to the Midget ranks.

Round robin action got under way on Friday night and culminated with Championship play on Sunday. Some teams played up to five games in order to claim their hardware. Seven-year-old Gavin Redman was one of the youths who laced up the blades during the weekend. This youngster from the Standing Buffalo First Nation lives in Regina but played for the Piapot Baby Eagles. The Eagles went 3-2 during tournament and managed to claim a bronze medal in the process.


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Gavin Redman of the Piapot Baby Eagles. Photo courtesy Tom Redman.

Although the medal wasn’t gold, Redman seemed very content just to play the game he loves. In fact, his dad Tom estimates that Gavin has played some 100 games with three different teams throughout the season. Gavin’s played every position too. He’s been upfront, manned the point and even strapped on the pads for Piapot this past weekend.

Of course, Gavin loves to score goals but he finds other enjoyment in the game too. Meeting new friends, travel and just the sheer fun make it all time well spent. Gavin wants to be like his idol, Connor McDavid, and play in the NHL somewhere down the line. A lofty goal indeed. Yet, thanks to tournaments like this for Aboriginal youth, these dreams maybe someday become a reality.

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