Hockey in Wilkie is generation after generation of hometown kids learning to play hockey, loving to play hockey, and living to play hockey. All with one real goal in mind and that's to grow up and play senior hockey with the hometown team the Wilkie Outlaws. Hockey is where friends are made and lessons are learned. It's our heritage. Where fathers, brothers, cousins play hockey together then in the next generation they coach their children who all play together. It's really just one big extended family who have all be brought together for the love of a game. The pride we feel when the neighbor kid down the street scores a goal, like we all in some way scored that goal with him. Like family you take for granted it will always be there, and when suddenly it is gone it's then that you realize just how important it was to you. We found out what that was like when the fire hit. But we did whatever we could to keep playing hockey. No better feeling that to watch my kids back on home ice.
Our rink caught fire in the fall of 2015. Insurance covers some things but does not cover everything. We are currently back playing in our rink but do not have a lobby yet so a local restaurant serves pizza out of a dressing room at our senior games! We could definitely use the funds to finish our lobby and booth and upgrade our dressing rooms. Our hockey players and their family faced many challenges to keep playing hockey over the last year and a half. That first home game back was a feeling that can't be described. The rink is the central part of our community where we meet to socialize and watch some good quality hockey. We want to feel proud to host others teams in our rink again. To gather in our lobby between periods. To put all the pieces back together so we can get on with playing and watching some good hometown hockey.
Every community thinks they should be the next Kraft Hockeyville. What makes us deserve it any more than they do? Our drive and determination to keep our kids playing hockey over the last year and a half. The fact that we are making it work to have home games with only dressing rooms for bathrooms and canteens. The fact that if we don't win hockeyville this year we will still keep busting our butts to do whatever it takes to keep hockey in our community! But it would sure be a tremendous sigh of relief if we won.