Story and photos by Kyle Blood
Sunday, January 28, 2024, the Lethbridge Hurricanes visited the Piikani Nation for hockey practice and to skate with the community.
It was a great day for hockey and the members in attendance were treated to some fast paced WHL hockey. It was amazing to watch the stealth and speed of these young WHL hockey players. The players were so disciplined they knew every step of their drills, break and some more drills.
Noah Chadwick, a draft pick for the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, was in attendance. "I absolutely enjoy visiting the neighboring communities." Chadwick said.
"I hope to be a good role model for the young hockey players; so that they can achieve the amazing goal of playing professional hockey." Chadwick said with an ear to ear grin.
Harrison Meneghin, the goalie for the Hurricanes, hopes that in this year's NHL entry draft that he gets drafted by the Florida Panthers.
Community members had the opportunity to witness and watch the future of the Hurricanes through First Nation hockey players; Weasel Head, Tail Feathers, Iron Shirt and Across the Mountain- they did not disappoint. They were fast and swift on the ice.
The First Nation players made it very exciting to watch and to know that in the future we will hopefully see all four players make the roster for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Bill Peters who is the coach for the Canes was unavailable for an interview.
Everyone in attendance had a great time and some walked away with door prizes. Thank you to Piikani Parks & Recreation and Piikani Prevention Counseling Services for setting up this great event and Piikani Resource Development Ltd. for donating the t-shirts to everyone in attendance.