South Peace News
Four players from the High Prairie Red Wings were in the spotlight in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League All-Star Games on Jan. 11 in Ontario.
Forward and Red Wing leading scorer Larry Yellowknee played for the Pro South as team captain while forward Mikal Chalifoux was in the Pro North lineup.
Both are from Gift Lake who aspire to turn pro.
For players seeking a college path, defence- man Tyson Mitchell played for College South and goaltender Jeremiah Clarke was on the College North team with Red Wing head coach Ryder Prue behind the bench.
Prue says the Red Wing all-stars proved their skills in the games in South River, north of Toronto.
“Personally, I thought they were the best players out there,” Prue says.
“They performed very well and worked hard and made me and I’m sure everyone watching back home very proud.”
He trusts the experience will help them pursue their future goals.
“I hope it will give them all some more confidence and make them appreciate the doors that hockey can open and not take it for granted,” Prue says.
Eleven players from the three teams in the new West Division joined players in the East Division with 10 teams in the North and South Divisions in Ontario in Quebec.
Chalifoux scored once.
“Scoring my goal was the highlight for me in the all-star game,” says Chalifoux, the captain of the Red Wings.
“It means a lot getting the opportunity to go.”
Yellowknee says the game helped him recognize how he matches up with other all-stars in the league.
“It shows what kind of player I am and how skilled I am,” Yellow- knee says.
“The highlight for me was getting to see what our division is like compared to theirs.”
Clarke played half the game in net and says he benefited in many ways.
“It’s a good thing to have on your hockey resume,” says Clarke, who is in his final year of eligibility in junior hockey.
“Just being invited to the game gives you so much confidence for the rest of the year.
“The highlight for me was getting to meet all the other players and talking about our seasons.”
But it was more than that.
“I’m just happy I was selected to go represent the Red Wings and High Prairie,” Clarke says.
Mitchell says the game gives him a wider view of his future.
“I have more options for hockey in my future,” Mitchell says.
“The highlight of the all-star game was meeting new people and seeing how we would play against the other players over there.”
Prue gave the Red Wing players a special trip to Toronto to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Players say it was memorable time that inspires them.