© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
(Cowboy) Ron Meyers discusses his Telus Cup-winning goal in 2006 for the Prince Albert Mintos at the banquet held during the Midget AAA Western Regionals in Prince Albert last month.
It is a growing fraternity and one that certainly has room for more, but for now the list stands at three.
The latest to join the Minto Overtime Hero Club is Dakota Boutin after the 16-year-old winger scored in the third extra session last Sunday to give Prince Albert its third Telus Cup title in the past nine seasons.
Prior to that thrilling goal the only other members of the group were Ron Meyers and Ryan Fox and both say they will never forget the feeling when their overtime goals captured the 2006 and ’07 national titles, respectively.
“I was coming off the bench and the puck came out to me,” recalls Meyers, the Minto captain at the time of his historic goal. “I think my eyes were closed; it was kind of a black-out feeling.”
Meyers, also known as Cowboy, said he watched last Sunday’s game and remembers the feeling all too well of a game going into a third overtime session as his goal ended the previous longest Telus Cup game ever played – before last Sunday that is.
“Your legs are tired and you know you have to go out there and try and get it done,” said Meyers. “We had a real good coach in Tim Leonard who trusted us every shift we went out there.”
“It is something that will always be with me,” added Meyers, who was a guest speaker at the Western Regional championship held in Prince Albert in April as he continues to maintain his close ties to the club that made him a national champion.
For Fox, his membership in the exclusive club is twice as charming as he was a member of the team when Meyers provided the heroics in the triple overtime win over the Calgary Buffaloes and then he had his time in the spotlight the following year when he notched the winner to beat the host Red Deer Optimist Rebels in double overtime.
“To go through it a second time I recall going into the dressing room and someone saying, ‘we have to do this again,’” laughed Fox. “It was quite the experience.”
Fox’s goal was eerily similar to the one Boutin scored last week as he also broke in two-on-one and netted the winner.
“The only difference was the way it went in,” said Fox. “Mine went in five-hole and his (Boutin) I believe was glove side.”
“It’s been a few years for me, but you have to go through that experience to know how it feels,” added Fox from his home in Creighton. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”
Both Meyers and Fox proclaimed that winning a championship was special, but being a Minto was even more so and both are very happy that another title has been added to the collection.
Fox admitted though that precedence might have been set for how long it takes to finish off the final game.
“Being that it is the third time I wasn’t really surprised, but as long as it keeps happening and they need extra time then it is normal,” says Fox. “If they ever win and don’t need overtime – perfect.”
As New York Yankee great Yogi Bera once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The Mintos hope to keep adding to their little club and keep experiencing some déjà vu.