Shaye Sommerfeld is the new captain of the Slave Lake Icedogs. In normal times that would have some immediate on-ice significance. With hockey suspended due to COVID, it’s more of a waiting game these days, with perhaps some light at the end of the tunnel. Nobody was making any predictions about that last week.
Sommerfeld got the captain’s job after Ethan Stuckless decided to not stick around. If things work out the way they hope, they’ll be teammates at Portage College next season. Sommerfeld hopes to get in some hockey in the GMHL West Division this season with the Icedogs, who have been in limbo since late November.
Team owner Lauren Barr calls the Drayton Valley native “a natural born leader. His nickname is Sunshine, which matches his sunny personality and (he) is well liked by all who meet him. He is skilled and respected by the Icedog staff and players and brings a lot to the role of captain.”
Sommerfeld, reached by phone last week, said he is “super grateful and honoured,” to have been chosen captain. It’s the second time he’s had the honour, having worn the ‘C’ for the Red Lake Miners in Ontario last year.
For now, though, no hockey games. The best that’s available is some outdoor ice scrimmages, which Sommerfeld says are happening.
“It’s difficult,” he says.