Tuesday, March 23, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“Beauty means to have character, to live your own truth.”
- Renae Peterson  
- on the Beauty From the   
Inside Out program   


It’s been a long year of hard work, but it’s all paying off for the young hockey players with the Crowsnest Pass Atom Thunder. The team earned a place in the Atom C Division provincial hockey tournament, as the top C Division Atom team in southern Alberta, and on Thursday, March 18, they left for Viking, Alberta, to represent the Crowsnest Pass.
Rob Evans, who filled in as an assistant coach for the provincial tournament, says that the team struggled at the beginning of the year. “About midway they started to gel,” he says. “They rose to the challenge when provincials started. They started working as a team.”
The Atom Thunder played some of their best hockey during the provincial qualifiers, defeating four other good teams in southern Alberta to be declared Zone Five champions.
The provincial tournament was scheduled to take place in Viking from March 19-21, and results were not yet available as of this issue’s deadline. A total of seven different zone champions plus the host team take part in the provincial tournament.
“It’s going to be a tough competition,” says Evans. “If they try their best, that’s all we can ask for.”
Evans adds that the players were all very excited at this unique opportunity. “I know my boy couldn’t sleep last night,” he says. “It could be a once in a lifetime thing. They’ll remember this forever.”
The team chartered a bus to take them to the tournament, and Evans says that the opportunity for them to all ride up together helps them grow even more as a team.
The Atom Thunder team is coached by Sammy Marra, with assistant coaches Garry Luini and Shane Pagnucco. The two assistants were unable to attend the provincial tournament due to prior commitments, but Evans. Rory Snider, and Stacy Ewan stepped in to help coach the team in their absence.
The team has also seen success at the end of their regular season, winning their home tournament on March 13-14. They defeated the Fort Macleod Khaos by a 12-4 score, tied the Airdrie Atom Lightning 6-6, tied the Lethbridge Jr. Blues 4-4, and downed the High Country Rockies by a 7-6 score.
This brought the team into the tournament finals, once again against the High Country Rockies. The local team won in an exciting shootout, earning a 5-4 victory and winning their home tournament. This win gave the team a strong boost of confidence going into the provincial tournament the following weekend.
Watch future issues of the Pass Herald for results from the provincial tournament.
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