The Kootenay Glacier Kings men’s hockey team is having a golden season this year, having won two gold medals in the 2014 Canada 55+ Games and the 2014 B.C. 60+ Games. It was their first year competing in the Canadian games and the team came out on top, beating southern Ontario’s The Point 3-2 in overtime.
The team travelled to Langley to compete in the B.C. 60+ Games which took place September 13. They brought home another gold medal.
Rossland resident, Michael Ramsey, is an organizer and a player on the 55+ team. He explains that they started out with one 55+ team, but after a couple of years went by they decided to add a 60+ team. He hopes to eventually grow the program into four teams: 55+, 60+, 65+ and 70+.
The team’s main focus is the B.C. Games. They meet at the end of August to practice and the team has been very successful. They have won six medals, but winning is not the sole purpose of the group. The men appreciate the comradery and memories made playing together.
Player Rod Guimont said, “We were thoroughly rewarded not only by the outcome but by the wonderful experience and the great memories.”
The team is grateful for the tremendous support from communities and businesses in Rossland, Trail, Nelson and Salmo.