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Legion 86`s Hockey




INDUCTEE 2012 - TEAM - Wetaskiwin Legion 86’s  Bantam A Hockey Teams - 1986-87, 1987-88


 


League Champions 1987, 1988
Provincial Champions 1987, 1988


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1986-87 Wetaskiwin Legion 86’s  Bantam A Hockey Teams


1987-88 Wetaskiwin Legion 86’s  Bantam A Hockey Teams

For two hockey seasons (1986-1987 & 1987-1988) a group of talented 14 and 15 year-old young men brought excitement and recognition to Wetaskiwin by capturing the Provincial Bantam A Championships.  Besides winning the Provincial title,  each of these teams were League Champions and won numerous tournaments.  Twenty-eight players composed the two teams with eight players playing on both teams. They were coached and managed both years by the same men. Their accomplishments could not have been achieved without hard work, dedication, team work and excellent coaching. Because of their outstanding seasons we are honoring the players, coaches and manager by inducting these two Legion 86’s Bantam A Hockey Teams into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

 Double Overtime Win Captures Provincial Title

During the hockey season, the 1986-1987 Bantam A Legion 86’s won tournaments in Taber, Andrew, Vegreville and Wetaskiwin.  The 86’s won the League title by sweeping the best of three finals against Innisfail.   The Provincial Championships were held in Wetaskiwin and the 86‘s lost the first game of the preliminary round and ended up second in their pool.  In the semi-finals, they played the first place team from the other pool, the Strathcona Warriors, and in double overtime defeated them 3-2.  In the final, the 86‘s defeated the Medicine Hat Gas Kings 4-2 to take the title.  The 1986-87 Legion 86‘s played 70 games, winning 56, losing 12 and tying two.  That year the 86’s placed twelve players on two separate Northern Division All Star Teams.  Quoting Manager Bob Hartnell in an article in the Wetaskiwin Times, “I think our disciplined style of play and our balanced scoring attack were two major reasons for our success.”

Disciplined Style of Play and Balanced
Scoring Attack Brings Success

The 1987-1988 version of the 86’s continued the winning record and were the champions in tournaments in Andrew, Lloydminster, Camrose and Wetaskiwin.  Early in the season in league play the team had already outscored their opposition 39-14 and because of their dominant play the Wetaskiwin Times reported “the juggernaut known as the Bantam A Legion 86 team continues to roll over the opposition”.   Again, the 86’s won the League title.  The eight team  Provincial Championships were held in Lloydminster and Wetaskiwin won the 1988 crown by defeating the host Lloydminster club 6-5 in the finals. The 1987-1988 Legion 86’s played 67 games with a record of 58 wins, 8 losses and one tie.  Eleven players from the 86’s played in two separate Northern Division All Star Games.

After Bantam, ten of the team members went on to play Junior hockey.  Five played in the WHL, the others were spread around in the AJHL, SJHL and the BCJHL.  Some of the players stayed in Wetaskiwin and played Midget hockey.  Nine of the players were on the first Iceman Junior B Team in 1991.  Also four team members played professional hockey after Junior.  Many of the players from both of these teams coach or have coached hockey teams in their communities and have passed on the skills and life lessons they learned to young developing hockey players.

“We had the best parent support by far of any team”

When coach Brian Brown was inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, many of the players from these two teams submitted their thoughts on Brian’s coaching strategies and why these two teams were so successful.  Besides attributing Coach Brown with his contributions to their achievements, one quote in particular sums up the feelings of their experience:   “It was a magical time where life long friendships and great memories were created.”  Parents were also credited with adding to the success of these teams.   After playing in the Provincial Championships in Lloydminster one player was quoted in the Times:  “We had the best parent support by far of any team”.

The two Legion 86’s teams were only the second Bantam A team in Alberta to win consecutive Provincial Championships.  Their story should inspire and motivate young hockey players in our community.  We recognize their accomplishments by inducting the 1986-1987 and the 1987-1988 Legion 86’s Bantam A Hockey Teams into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

1986-1987 Team Members were:

Craig Brown, Scott Brownlee, Derry Burghardt, Jeff Denham, Darcy Elder, Rob Hardy, Rob Hartnell, Jason Lowe, Travis Hauger, Curtis Palmer, Brad Prefontaine, Mark Prefontaine, Darcy Rode, Jason Schatschneider, Al Stashko, and Darcy Werenka, and affiliates Marc Gagnon, Mike Krause, Shane Ridell; Brian Brown coach, Scott Hucal, assistant coach, Bob Hartnell manager, and Barry Prefontaine, trainer.

1987-1988 Team Members were:

Ryan Bacon, Neil Brown, Derry Burghardt, Rob Hardy, Kelly Harris, Rob Hartnell, Mike Krause, Danny Littlebear, Curtis Palmer, Darren Perkins, Brad Prefontaine, John Reid, Darcy Rode, Jason Thalheimer, Troy Stephan, Darcy Werenka, Tamon Yanagimoto, Brian Brown coach, Scott Hucal assistant coach, Bob Hartnell manager.
 


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Read the opening comments made by Sandra Wright when introducing the Legion 86's.


 

 


 


 





 

 

 



 
 

 

 

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