For the past five seasons, Roblin's Colby Cherneski has been a Parkland Ranger. Two of the seasons were with the Bantam team and the past three have come with the Midget team. Dedication and commitment to the crest are what Colby prides himself on and now, he's set to do that with another team.
Colby has signed on to play with the Pilot Butte Storm of the Prairie Junior Hockey League which is Saskatchewan's Provincial Junior "B" league. Colby will join a team that went 29-10-0-1 in the regular season last year. The team didn't fare as well in the playoffs losing four games.
"It definitely feels great. It's always a good thing when you can continue playing competitive hockey after your Midget career," said Cherneski. "I'm really excited to be heading out and playing in a new league and meeting new people, it's going to be great."
Becoming a part of the Storm all started when Colby got in touch with one of the scouts for the Melville Millionaires. He took part in their "Spring Camp" and gave it his all. They said they loved his game and they were very interested in him. It turns out that the scout was also an Assistant Coach with the Storm.
"The General Manager then asked me if my parents and I wanted to check out the facilities and the dressing room and all of that," said Cherneski. "So we did that and we eventually came to an agreement at the sit-down and I signed, it was a pretty thrilling time."
"It's definitely a good feeling not having to look for somewhere to play, but rather they were looking for me," he added. "It makes the whole process a lot easier."
Cherneski put up 16 points this past season with the Rangers. During 95 games over the past three seasons, Colby put up 23 points. Prior to the past three seasons, Cherneski put up 32 points with the Bantam Rangers.
As he embarks on his new journey, Colby has nothing but good things to say about the Ranger program.
"I feel like as you move up through the Ranger program they really prepare you to make the next step," said Cherneski. "I can't thank the whole Parkland Ranger program enough for everything they did for me, I'm extremely grateful."
Colby knows it'll be a tough transition playing against players older and bigger than him, but, he also knows what he's capable of and he's ready to make an impact.
"I definitely want to go there and make an impact as soon as I can," he added. “I definitely hope to put the puck in the back of the net more often next season. I'm ready to do anything the club needs from me."