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Friday, April 8, 2016

Piikani Nation minor hockey teams performed well at two tournaments

Piikani Nation Peewee Team:  Tristen Blood, Tessa Cahoon, Gavin Crow Shoe, Joaquin Four Horns, Shooter Goodstriker, Elie Healy, Malachai North Peigan, Peyton Smith, Braxton Wells, Jerome Barrameda, Sage Running Rabbit, Bailey Wells, Dylan Auger-Calihoo, Marcello Dion, Christian Ferland Buffalo, Echo Waskahat  Manager: Lee Smith  Coaches: Tommy Four Horns, Chance Crow Shoe, Faron Cahoon

Morgan Little Mustache

Piikani Nation hockey players ended off the season coming together as a nation to participate in two well known First Nation Hockey Championships, the Alberta Treaty Hockey Championships and the Alberta Native Provincial Championships. Each team was well prepared in advance to bring what is takes to these two tournaments. Each player showed strength, endurance, determination, team work and most of all optimism. Each player also gained a sense of belonging and Piikani identity. This year we were blessed with jerseys for each division, seeing our Piikani Nation colors on the ice was a true feeling of Piikani pride.





Piikani Nation Novice Team:  Gracie Auger-Grier, Julius Cooke, Gerinimo Dodging Horse, Noah Fox, Teason Knife, Travin Knife, Brady McDougall, Carter North Peigan, Kylee North Peigan, Breelyn Old Crow, Brett Rabbit Carrier, Thane Swampy, Chase Provost, Jayce Yellow Face, , Keegan Yellowhorn, Kolten Wells.
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Piikani Nation Minor Hockey attended the 2016 Alberta Treaty Hockey Championships in Cochrane, Alberta on March 23 - 27, 2016. 124 Teams participated this year from the Pre-Novice Division to the Junior B Division.

Piikani Nation Atom Team: Travis Bastien, Hayven Breaker, Hannah Breaker, Michael Eagle Bear, Jack Grier, Odessa Grier, Tayden Knife, Danton North Peigan, Aidan Potts, Jeter Provost, Hayden Provost, Josey Wales Waterchief, Sienna White Quills, Kiya Quinney, Rylan Mitsuing, Dalene Rabbit, Everett Wolf Tail. Manager: Tanya Potts Coaches: Travis Bastien, Waylon Waterchief, Nathan North Peigan

Piikani Nation Hockey Players also attended the 2016 Alberta Native Provincial Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. March 31 through April 3rd. This tournament truly showed the commitment and integrity of our nations players, especially for coming to together once a year. Once our players stepped on the ice as a First Nation Team we saw the Piikani pride and team work which was the ethic that led our teams to success. 

Piikani Nation Bantam Team:  Montgomery Bastien, Thunder Crow Shoe, Ethan Grier, Mathew Smith, Calim Yellow Face, Wyatt Yellow Face, Shantzton Buffalo, Gerald Bull Dog, Tanner Cunningham, Randle Hardy, Dawson Whitford, Tiger Yellowbird, Jett Black Water.  Manager: Sylvia Yellow Face Coaches: Evan Bratton, Brandon Yellow Wings, Emery Grier.

Managers and Coaching staff did a job well done organizing teams, from fundraising to communication, our Managers worked hard. The Community Reps for the Alberta Treaty Hockey Association and the Alberta Native Provincial Championships had a big part in getting our Piikani teams entered and most of all the community reps made sure Piikani Nation was well represented.

Piikani Nation Midget Team: Eligh Big Bull, Bryce Brown, Jordan Brunette, Nathaniel Morning Bull, Stanley Morning Bull, Trent Morning Bull, Jordan North Peigan, Billy Potts, Brayden Provost, Jacoby Provost, Parker Small Legs, Teigan Smith, Tristan Wells, Karter Michael, Jaydin Campbell, Nathan Cardinal, Col- ton Wood, Chase Wood. Manager: Jess Morning Bull Coaches: Byron Jackson, Wayne Plain Eagle Jay Provost Clement Doore

2016 Alberta Native Provincial Results for Piikani Nation Teams:
*Corrected for accuracy
  • Pre-Novice: Won 3 games and tied one
  • Novice: Played hard and had fun
  • Atom: Silver Medal*
  • Peewee: Bronze Medal
  • Bantam : Bronze Medal
  • Midgets : Bronze Medal


Piikani Nation Atom Team: Travis Bastien, Hayven Breaker, Hannah Breaker, Michael Eagle Bear, Jack Grier, Odessa Grier, Tayden Knife, Danton North Peigan, Aidan Potts, Jeter Provost, Hayden Provost, Josey Wales Waterchief, Sienna White Quills, Kiya Quinney. Manager: Tanya Potts Coaches: Travis Bastien, Waylon Waterchief, Nathan North Peigan


Piikani Nation Minor Hockey Representative Morgan Little Mustache stated, "Piikani Nation is currently in the process of building a new ice arena, which is scheduled to lay the ice in late August. The Piikani Nation Minor Hockey Board is working hard to build teams and to establish skating programs for all ages. Not having a arena since 2004, we have a high population of children that did not continue in Minor Hockey." 

Piikani Nation Pre-Novice Team: Adrian Creighton, Karson Crow Shoe, Kayson Crow Shoe, Keyon Crow Shoe, Augustus Dixon, Tucker English, Pacyn Four Horns, Dannilyn Little Mustache, Manny Little Mustache, Connor McDougall, Theron North Peigan, Aiden Provost, Koben Provost, Tate Provost, Newt Stump, Rope Stump, Mikayla Yellow Face, Mathew Yellowhorn. Managers/Coach: Lowell Yellowhorn Coaches: Junior English, Ty Provost, Leon Stump

She further explained, "We have exciting news and something to look forward to; Piikani Nation will be joining CAHL for the 2016-2017 season. Hockey will bring our community back together and the spirit of our youth will reform." Little Mustache was effusive in her appreciation of the many people who came together to make this a successful year from the athletes, family members, coaches and volunteers and community support.


Piikani Nation Pre-Novice Team: Adrian Creighton, Karson Crow Shoe, Kayson Crow Shoe, Keyon Crow Shoe, Coco Day Chief, Tucker English, Pacyn Four Horns, Dannilyn Little Mustache, Manny Little Mustache, Con- nor McDougall, Theron North Peigan, Aiden Provost, Koben Provost, Tate Provost, Mikayla Yellow Face, Mathew Yellowhorn , Jacob Yellow Wings. Managers /Coach: Lowell Yellowhorn Coaches: Junior English, Ty Provost, Riley Yellow Wings


Piikani Nation Bantam Team: Montgomery Bastien, Beyonce Crow Shoe, Thunder Crow Shoe, Ethan Grier, Mathew Smith, Sienna Smith,Tobin Smith, Calim Yellow Face, Wyatt Yellow Face, Brandi Yellow Wings. Manager: Sylvia Yellow Face Coaches: Evan Bratton, Brandon Yellow Wings, Emery Grier

Piikani Nation Novice Team:  Gracie Auger-Grier, Julius Cooke, Teason Knife, Travin Knife, Brady McDougall, Carter North Peigan, Kylee North Peigan, Breelyn Old Crow, Chase Provost, Jayce Yellow Face, Logan Yellow Face, Keegan Yellowhorn, Kolten Wells

Piikani Nation Peewee Team:  Tristen Blood, Tessa Cahoon, Gavin Crow Shoe, Joaquin Four Horns, Shooter Goodstriker, Elie Healy, Malachai North Peigan, Riley Potts, Peyton Smith, Braxton Wells, Jerome Barrameda, Sage Running Rabbit, Bailey Wells.  Manager: Lee Smith  Coaches: Tommy Four Horns, Jay Potts, Chance Crow Shoe, Faron Cahoon

photos supplied by team managers
 

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