Blazers hot on the ice
Cowichan Valley Bantam C2 Blazers went out of 2012 and into 2013 in a blaze of glory.
The squad played a hockey tournament at Port Alberni to end 2012 with a team of just 10 players. The roster dipped two more due to illness and injury the second day.
The Blazers faced adversity from the start but came on strong to win the gold medal.
The players worked hard and relied on each other on and off the ice.
They defeated the Port Alberni Coyotes 9-0, Powell River Outdoors 12-2, Parksville Oceanside Blazers 13-4 and Nanaimo Chargers 9-2 in pool play.
The gold medal game brought a convincing 12-5 triumph over the Campbell River Bears.
After each game, a player was acknowledged for outstanding contributions and exemplary play by the coaches. Those recognized for their roles were: Trevor Ford, Joshua Kang, Terrin Owens and goalie Brandon Visscher.
The second tournament took the team to Parksville in the first week of 2013 where it received the bronze medal.
In pool play, the Blazers beat Comox Valley No. 6 7-0, Oceanside No. 1 5-4 and Port Alberni Coyotes but lost 2-1 to the Saanich Braves.
The Blazers went on to the bronze medal game against the namesake Parksville Oceanside Blazers and won 5-4.
Players acknowledged in the tournament were: Brendan Porter, Calvin Kuipers, Zachary Thompson, Owens and goalie Visscher.
Others on the roster for coaches Nick Menzel, Clint Whitaker and Rick Munro were: Robbie Munro, Kyle Robertson, Seth Johnson, Keenen Menzel, Quinn Stephen, Brandon Dougan, Kartik Bishnoi, Ryan Whitaker and Robinder Dhut.