While many of you may already be sick of the rainy days that will consume Vancouver for the next six months, I’m perfectly content with this time of year. It’s officially hockey season, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
As Vancouver Canucks fans, like myself, we continue to waste time and energy putting faith into our local team. Luckily, we can still show support for the various hockey teams this campus of TWU boasts.
The Bombers hockey season has been in full swing for almost a month now, and the team has seen some early season success.
Despite the ridiculous start times, (usually around 10:45pm), I have been able to attend the majority of Bombers games this season. While the team plays within the recreational Christian Men’s Church Hockey League, or CMCHL, it is nothing short of entertaining. The Bombers feature a diverse group of students currently attending TWU, featuring students of all ages, majors and nationalities.
I was fortunate to chat with a number of the players on this years second-place Bombers squad, and hear a little about their experiences playing for the team this year.
“I wasn’t originally planning on trying out for the Bombers this year,” Mason Chong, a first-year forward said, “but after hearing a number of guys in my dorm were also trying out, I figured I may as well give it a shot.”
The Burnaby native and HKIN major made the team out of tryouts, and was surprised by how fast-paced the Bombers were. “I played against adults all summer long, so I wasn’t expecting to find the adjustment too difficult.” Chong was quickly proven wrong.
Rich Nickel II, a second-year business student, got to experience a special moment early in the season to start his career. “My first point of my Bombers career was on my roommate’s goal, so that was really neat.”
He also faced some obstacles coming into his first season with the team. “I learned to play hockey in Houston growing up. It is a completely different level and game, back in Texas.”
Despite these initial challenges faced within the first few games, Chong and Nickel represent the fresh new talent that has joined the team this year. Pushing through these challenges, they have witnessed the benefits of playing on a Trinity Western team.
Other than being known as the youngest team in the league, oftentimes playing against players double their age, the Bombers are known for their tight-knit bond.
Jory Davies, the team’s leading scorer with seven goals in five games, described the team as being “… a family” and “completely different than other teams [he’s played on].” This bond has been able to extend far past the ice rinks of the Langley Sportsplex and into the classrooms and dorms on campus.
But in the end, it couldn’t be an experience without the fans like you and I. A sentiment that Davies would agree with. “We have a loyal fan base that never seem to miss a game, I love it.”