Winners of the previous three Dakota Nation Winterfest Senior Hockey Tournaments, the Norway House Bruins are returning for 2017 looking to add another trophy to their ever expanding trophy case. Goaltender Edward Sonny Albert tells bdnmb.ca that in order to defend the Bruins will have to do the little things right…things that they as a team communicate about each year year. This year they plan on returning a majority of the same roster that they have iced in previous Winterfest tournaments.
While some teams load up, or rely heavily on imports to fill their respective rosters, the Bruins roster is comprised primarily of Norway House Band Members (80%). Offensively the Bruins are lead each year by forwards Skyler Tait-Reaume, Myles Stevens and Kevin Braun. Roy Ettawacappo and Brent Wilson anchor a stingy Bruins defense, while Sonny Albert is as solid a goaltender you will find in the tournament. Veteran referee Ernest Elder said that he appreciates the style of play the Norway House Bruins bring to the rink each game. “They're a fast team, their power-play is really dangerous and they play a hard-nosed brand of hockey” said Ernest from his home in Gladstone.
Depending on the availability of players the Bruins try to play in at least 5 tournaments each season, focusing primarily on the larger tournaments. Hopefully, if the timing is right, they would like to find time get into a few more tournaments this season. First up will be defending their title, and taking home the $15,000 first place prize money, during the 2017 Dakota Nation Winter Fest. This years tournament will be held January 27-29 inside Westman Communications Group Place.
Members of the Norway House Bruins celebrate their 2016 win.