The arena was nice although it did have that arena smell. They had a hall of fame which we looked over and discovered that lots of great hockey players came from playing with the Flin Flon Bombers. Banners hang from the roof of some special players.
Ice hockey player
Robert Earle Clarke, also known as Bob Clarke and Bobby Clarke, is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played his entire 15-year National Hockey League career with the Philadelphia Flyers and is currently an executive with the team. Wikipedia
Career start: 1969
Career end: 1984
As the game began we had a deja vu moment. The team from Le Pas, Manitoba came out with shirts pretty close to Stephen's Frankford Huskies jerseys.
|Flin Flon in white, Le Pas in red|
Similarities didn't stop with the jerseys. Flin Flon scored one goal after another making the final score 7 to 1....or something like that. By the end of the game I was munching on a chicken burger and fries from the canteen. You just have to do that at a hockey tournament.
There were quite a few differences as well....no screaming parents, very few checks, only one minor little push and shove, no sticks being thrown. Yes, this was the quietest hockey game that we had ever been to. The biggest thing missing was the cutest little #7 on the team....yup, Stephen. Yes, it brought back memories. The joy of seeing Stephen playing hard. The thrill when he got a goal. The scrunched up legs, hide my eyes when a check was coming at him or worse when he got into a fight. Memories.....they are great.
|Stephen in back row, second from the left.|