Local bantams enter season with new sense of desire

I cannot say enough about the emerging athletes who are a part of our 2017-2018 Athlete Enhancement Program roster. They are a great bunch of young individuals with an incredible desire to grow as athletes and as people.

I want to focus specifically on our hockey athletes for the sake of this article. We currently have nine hockey players which include Caleb Wyrostok, Callen Prosofsky, Colbin Unreiner, Ethan Machan, Marek Andres, Quintin Unreiner, Tanner Gold, Ty Moore, and Vann Yuhas. Of these nine athletes, eight of them are members of the SEAC Bantam AAA Tigers.

The AAA bantam’s had a difficult season last year; their record was a dismal three wins and 33 losses. They experienced a lot of tough games, and by the end of the year, you could see on their faces that they were worn. It is not easy experiencing losing day after day after day. Now let’s fast forward to the current year; they are sitting at 0-2-1. Now this may look like they are off to another tough season, and you would be right, but one thing has changed from last year to this year. That change is the desire of the athletes on the team.

We at the Alberta Sport Development Centre at Medicine Hat College run two early morning sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. It is incredible to see almost all nine of these hockey athletes showing up and working hard each and every chance they can. We have had four of these 6:30 a.m. sessions so far this school year, and these players have been at almost every one of them.

So, to re-visit my point about the change that I believe has occurred from last year’s team to this year’s team, the athletes this year are making the necessary steps to have success. These emerging athletes want to be great. They are not a hodgepodge group of youngsters who have no desire to succeed. They are doing the things behind the scenes to make success happen.

One specific example of this desire that I just mentioned happened on Wednesday morning; all of the hockey players did a physical test on one of our pieces of equipment known as the Assault Bike. Ty Moore pushed to an extreme and maintained a power level that a professional hockey player would have a hard time maintaining. I have personally done this particular challenge, and I can assure you that it is no easy task. Alex Graham, who is one of the Alberta Sport Development Centre strength and conditioning coaches, mentioned Ty’s amazing ability to push through the pain that this test entails. These athletes don’t only say that they want to be better; they are showing it on a daily basis during our training sessions.

I look forward to a great year for our local SEAC Tiger athletes. We work with both the bantam AAA and midget 15 AAA’s, and I cannot say enough good things about these young athletes. They truly are a couple of special groups.

Cory Coehoorn is the coordinator of the Alberta Sport Development Centre at Medicine Hat College. He would love to chat with you about their programs and services. He can be reached via email at ccoehoorn@mhc.ab.caor via phone at 403-504-3547.