The Slave Lake Icedogs have been busy as a roomful of one-armed paper-hangers lately, with players arriving and players leaving. But that’s all over now, says team owner Lauren Barr, with the trading deadline for the league having come and gone (it was March 15).
All the player movement is a strong indication the league expects to be allowed to resume game play sometime pretty soon, for a spring season.
“We will be playing games this month,” Barr predicts.
Here’s the Icedogs’ final roster, as of March 8. Brady Meldrum, Shaye Sommerfeld (captain), Tylee Sylvestre, Logan Toutsaint, Kieran Nordman, Skyler Di Lallo (G), Markus Myatovic, Connor Johnson (G), Jonathan Giancotti, Isaiah Wilson, John Burbidge (G), Tyson Lambert, Austin Crossley, Ethan Yellowbird, Devin Power, Griffin Thiessen, Matthew Brousseau, Matteo Persechini, Luke Cabral, Kyler Roy, Anson Favel, Alexander Mistickokat, Lane Plume, Donavyn Koe, Dallyn Montgrand, Blaise Ovayuak, Tony Randhile, Landon Ahenakew, Salah Baalbaki (G), Justin Shillingford Borges.
Shifted to other teams lately have been Travis Kriewaldt and Brody Sylvestre (High Prairie), Dominic Beaver, Rocky Baptiste and Tarynce Ducharme (Fox Creek). Zander Minde was traded as well, but to whom was not mentioned in the email.
The team welcomed a ‘co-coach’ last week. He’s Joe Cathcart, who coached last season (or earlier this season) with the New Tecumseth Civics of the GMHL in Ontario. His son is Tyson Lambert, a defenceman with the Civics before the GMHL was shut down earlier this season – one of the recent additions to the Icedogs’ roster.
All of this assumes the Town of Slave Lake will agree to extend the ice season at the MRC. There has been no definite announcement on that, one way or the other from the town.
In other news, there will be no GMHL ‘national’ championship this season, since the eastern part of the league is shut down. So the Icedogs will be competing for a regional title, the one the team claimed in its first season.