Daily Herald Staff
From a Prince Albert perspective, the final game of the CIS men’s hockey championship played in Saskatoon on Sunday couldn’t have been any better.
As many as 10 players on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears had a connection to the city with two having grown up in Prince Albert while the rest all had stops with the Western Hockey League Raiders.
Suiting up for the Huskies were former Raiders Zac Stebner, Sean Aschim, Craig McCallum, Ryan McDonald and Kyle Aschim while Prince Albert product Cody Hobbs also took a regular shift for the U of S. Hobbs, a former Minto, played his junior hockey in Prince George and McDonald, another Prince Albert product, had stops in Brandon and Regina before finishing his junior career with the Raiders.
Former Raiders who captured gold medals with the Golden Bears included Jordan Hickmott, James Dobrowolski, Jordan Rowley and Luke Siemens.
The Golden Bears, who defeated the Huskies 3-1 to claim their 14th national championship, got to the final by virtue of a double-overtime win over McGill University on Saturday while the Huskies secured a spot in the championship game with a 9-0 rout of Windsor.
Saskatoon set an attendance record with more than 40,000 fans passing through the turnstiles in the four days of competition.