Aiming For The Cyclone Taylor Cup
On the warm sunny Labour Day Monday in Golden this week I sat down with Coach Ty outside the arena in the playgrounds behind the school for a talk about the Golden Rockets and the upcoming 2013-2014 season. It was a beautiful, hard-to-believe-hockey's-here day. Coach was taking a break from all the paperwork that had piled up at the end of the Rockets Main Camp that was held on the weekend. Was he pleased? Was he excited? Definitely!
We talked about expectations for the team this year given what the Rockets had accomplished last season - for the first time in franchise' history - winning their first playoff round versus the Kimberley Dynamiters and then winning the Eddie Mountain Division banner against the long-established and accomplished Fernie Ghostriders. This lit a spark under the fans in Golden!'
As he spoke about the team Ty talked about how he will approach the year. " Some people use the term winning culture but I prefer winning environment." Ty spoke of the great strides made in turning the Rockets into a winning team. "We've turned a corner." The sense of an up and coming team with a will to win is is very much in evidence. Coach spoke of the local facilities - the pool, the gym, the arena and its accoutrements - all excellent facilities that help him to aim for peak performance from his players. He noted that the work of Rocket's President Curt Thorne, whose energy and enthusiam are boundless, in building up this team financially, promotionally, etc has been phenomenal. Curt motivates people. Witness the $100,000.00 for Golden Minor Hockey from Kraft Hockey Goes On. The team now has a new-to-us big beautiful bus. The players won't be asking our bus driver to park it out of sight anymore! That can only help team pride!
On the subject of new players to take note of this year we have Brian Parsons from Los Angeles, Adam Johnson (goalie) from Golden and 16 year old Nick McCabe from Merritt. The leadership team this year consists of stalwarts Brett DeFrias, Mike Anderson, Ian Desrosiers and Coltin Berard. The core group on defence will constitute the nucleus of the team.
As we talked Ty shared his view that hockey is not just a sport. It is a business. It is in the business of producing a product that is not only skillful but entertaining. Ty aims to continue with the team's winning ways and produce a product that Golden and the Golden Rockets can be very proud of. The aim this year is for the Golden Rockets to make it to the Cyclone Taylor Cup. That means winning the KIJHL Championship. The Cyclone Taylor Cup will be held in Nelson next spring. A lofty goal? Sure. But aim high, work hard and we just might lift that cup! It's time!
On another note: A treat is coming early in October. The Everett Silvertips of the WHL, whose GM is Ty's father Garry Davidson, will be in town. They will practice on Rockets ice in the morning This practice will be open to the public. In the evening they will be having a Hot Stove luncheon with all the Minor Hockey coaches.
The full roster will be posted on the KIJHL site next week. Meanwhile there's this weekend's Tournament to take in.