The Estevan Bears will forever be the first team on the Watford City Winter Classic trophy after coming out on top in a tournament over the weekend.
Clay Stenhouse, the U15 Bears Coach reflects on his team's performance at the Bantam B Division tournament.
“I’m very fortunate to have an excellent group of kids willing to learn, play hard, and have fun.”
The Estevan Wildcats came in second place, and the Estevan Knights rounded out the top three finishers.
They were up against Highway 39 rivals Weyburn Redwings, Carnduff, and 5 teams from Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
“It was a fantastic tournament, beautiful facility, and very friendly volunteers and locals,” said Stenhouse. “Setting the stage for a fun weekend of hockey action."
The Bears went undefeated, with a round-robin record of 3-0-0.
“I’m very proud of these boys and the team effort that was on display over the weekend, all their hard work paid off with a tournament championship win,” said Stenhouse.
Solid goaltending, a strong defense, and effective offense were all important factors in clinching the 1st place title.
Goaltender Brexson Jesse had an impressive showing with a .961 save percentage with two shutouts.
“The local talent we have in Estevan is definitely very competitive,” said Stenhouse.
All three of Estevan U15 teams are currently in the top five standing in the Moose Mountain Minor Hockey League.
“Which shows that the talent we have is very good, and special, and we can pretty much play with anyone,” said Stenhouse.
After COVID made crossing the border more difficult than ever, it is exciting to get back and play against the American teams again said Stenhouse.
“It was an exciting and exhilarating final contest from start to finish and was a fun game to be a part of.”