By: Stuart Walter
This may come as a surprise to many people who live here in Thompson, but Team North will play for a hockey medal today for the second time this week. The boys took home bronze on Wednesday, and the girls will play today. Just like their male counterparts, the female Team North is made up of girls both from the north, and all around the province.
Lee Cummings is the head coach of Team North, and says he’s glad to be back behind the bench again after coaching the Midget “AAA” Norman Wild last year. He really likes the fact the team is made up of girls from the different parts of the province. He said it’s exciting for him to be able to coach girls who are looking to make their mark on Hockey Manitoba, hoping to earn a spot to compete at the Canada Games next year in Red Deer, Alberta.
Cummings said the hardest part of his job is making sure the girls are put in a spot where they can succeed and showcase their talents. Some of the girls have to move to a different position, as there is always an abundance of centres.
Kenzer Amy is one of the girls on the team not from the north region. This past season, the 16-year-old Birtle, MB native was a member of the Midget “AAA” Yellowhead Chiefs. She put one goal and four assists this season in 31 games while playing defence. According to the Chiefs website, Kenzer said one of her greatest achievements was being the captain of the Bantam “AAA” Chiefs during the 2015/2016 season.
When it comes to playing for a Manitoba Games medal, she said it’s exciting and a great opportunity. Kenzer said it was nerve-wracking at first to play with a bunch of girls she doesn’t normally play with, but they’re a great group. She added it didn’t take long to find chemistry on the ice with her teammates, and her highlight of the games has been being here and having new opportunities.