Hockey Brandon would like to share the articles below, that were part of a 11 part series on the 2004 Brandon’s U18 AAA National Champions by Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun
What makes this team unique is that there were no expectations of them to do well, they knew they could compete but had no idea of how far they would go. With good coaching and a team that all got along they were able to do what no other Manitoba team had ever done up until then.
We, at Hockey Brandon are proud to have some of these guys helping out the next generation of skaters with Tyler Dittmer, Tyler Plante and Ryan White through our Development Programs.
As a parent who followed this journey it was unique coming onto a team with the 3 different age group of parents. It didn’t take long before we soon became a group of parents who strongly believed in this team. I will give allot of credit to Steve and Sandy Waters for being the driving force. They made sure we all had some kind of noise maker in hand for every game, which soon gave us the reputation of being the loudest fans in Manitoba!….Neil Roy was a dedicated fan who would bring his drums, when we lost a game at Regionals in Regina we called up Neil and he was soon in his car and made it to that last game. Although he wasn’t able to make it to Kenora, he did send his drums!…this is just an inside story but I wanted to share because it also brought us closer as a parent group.