Kings to Host 2013 – 2014 Provincials
A lot was going on this past weekend for the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. Amongst all the on ice action with the 2012 – 2013 Training camp the Kings subtly broke big news on Saturday afternoon after the NWJHL’s August meeting that they had won the right to represent the NWJHL on a big stage with the 2013 – 2014 Alberta Hockey Jr. B Provincials.
After the announcement talk quickly spread through the locker room and the team office as players and staff members alike couldn’t hold back the excitement.
“This is huge for us not just for a chance to have an opportunity to play in Provincials but it should help grow and expose our team and the Northwest Junior Hockey League to the city of Grande Prairie” said Assistant Coach Darren Walker.
Head Coach Kyle Chapple reiterated much of the same, “Very excited to have the opportunity, we play in a hockey city and were hoping with a successful upcoming season and the announcement of provincials it helps expose our team to not only hockey fans in this city but the casual fan as well. It’s going to be a huge event to run but with the people already looking to get involved we know it’s going to be first class.”
This will be the second time in under ten years that the city of Grande Prairie will play host to such a large event but this time talk has already begun on a bigger goal then just hosting…winning.
While the team can talk about winning all they want they know they will have their work cut out for them. Last season was the first time in NWJHL history that the league representative captured gold when the now graduated Whitecourt Wolverines won their first Provincial Championship. Previous years had seen the Wolverines get close (2nd and 3rd place finishes) but ironically enough it wasnt until there last year as a Junior B team when the finally cleared the hurdle.
“It wont be easy, we know there are eight other great teams in the event and anything can happen. Central and Southern Alberta always tend to have some strong teams but we know there are some great players and great teams that compete in this league as well and were hoping we can reach that high of a pinnacle of being a provincial champ.” said Chapple.
Still the team has other priorities and thats the upcoming season.
“In a perfect world we could get a big learning experience this season at provincials in Wainright but we know we cant even think that far ahead, we need to focus on our season and our team one game at a time, getting through the NWJHL is going to be tough enough.”
Despite the hard work ahead of them the team is all smiles with the announcement and more news will come throughout the weeks and months about the event.
The Kings are asking any people who maybe interested in getting involved with the team on the Executive level or the Provincial Committee to contact our President or Vice President by visiting our Front Office Page. Or contact the Kings via email at [email protected].
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