The top 10 year old hockey players in North America make the annual trip to Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall to play in what is called the greatest hockey tournament in the world.
Brandon’s Kale Nicol born in 2012 was a standout this past week at The Brick tournament. He follows in the footsteps of Brandon’s Jaxon Jacobson (2008) and Clarke Caswell (2006) whom were both All Stars at the Brick in their respective years. The team once known as the Junior Jets is now the Jr Ice.
Toews – Seabrook – Zajac and hundreds of other players were once at this tournament and have gone on to success.
To get from point A to point B involves many trips to Winnipeg and lots of nights in hotels. BDNMB.CA caught up with Kurt Nicol, father of Kale today.
The trips were shared by my wife and I as we made approximately 50 trips to Winnipeg.
Lots of hotel nights and naps in the truck helped to reduce travel and stay rested.
Practice skates on the ODR at -35 and help from WCHA skills sessions allowed Kale to achieve his goals.
Help from grandparents who were instrumental as well in this journey..
Former Wheat King and Dallas Stars Scott Glennie coached Kale this year and was a positive role model and guided Kale to use his shot and how to create more scoring chance. Kale said he was just that all around fun guy who made the kids laugh. All the coaches made it a positive experience.
Truly a once in a lifetime experience for Kale and the Nicol family.