On this day last year, sticks and helmets were flying, fans were cheering, and the players, they were celebrating inside of Credit Union Place. Back on March 31, 2019, the Parkland 08 Pirates won the Source for Sports Parkland Prospects Challenge.
The Pirates didn't suffer defeat the entire tournament. They beat Brandon, 6-0, and they won their semi-final over Southwest, 7-2. Prior to that meeting with Southwest, the Pirates tied Pembina Valley, 5-5. Ultimately, the team beat Yellowhead in the final in what turned out to be a classic, 4-3.
Cary Fillion was one of the coaches and he still has the picture of that day in his head.
"I remember that we had such a great group of kids and some real talent," said Fillion. "We had some great firepower, a great group of defence and some great goaltending. We had a couple of practices leading up to the event and everyone was on the same page and it really showed. It was a great weekend."
Besides outscoring Brandon and Southwest, 13-2, their other two games were extremely close and that speaks to how strong the competition field was.
"There were some really good teams in this. In the final, we had to come from behind to beat Yellowhead when Liam Chartrand scored," concluded Fillion. "Our parents were wearing our white jerseys in the stands so it truly was a great feeling for everyone."
The Pirates were set to defend their title; however, the event was cancelled because of COVID-19.