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Ricky Petrone cheered as hometown hockey star

Monday, 21 January 2019. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Ricky Petrone cheered as hometown hockey star

Captain Jack Roden defends goalie Ricky Petrone in net   Photo by Leslie McCallum


Ricky Petrone cheered as hometown hockey star

By Leslie McCallum

Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman welcomed six teams from central and southern Alberta for the Crow United bantam hockey tournament. The home team emerged the winner — Lethbridge Canadian Tire North.

How does a Lethbridge team become the home team, you ask? This story is about a local family.

Hockey lovers Ken and Linda Petrone have a son, Chad, in Lethbridge who is associated with the Canadian Tire North team. When an organizing committee was looking for an arena for the 2019 bantam tournament, Chad arranged the Crowsnest Pass event. Lethbridge hockey parents assisted with hosting duties.

Linda Petrone was delighted, as her grandson Ricky Petrone is goalie for the Lethbridge team. The Petrone family attended all three days of the event, cheering on the home team.

“I love to see him play, but I can’t get to many of his games,” Linda says. “He moved away four years ago and he has grown so much as a player.”

We were able to bond over grandparent picture-taking, as my grandson Wyatt Cordes plays defence for the Lethbridge team. We certainly felt the pride for the hometown!

Other teams at the tournament came from Canmore, Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane and Rocky Mountain Area (RMAA). Local hotels housed the teams and players enjoyed local restaurants.

Linda says she is impressed by the positive economic impact for our community and that the Sports Complex was an ideal site for the tournament.

Teams started play in two pools on Friday afternoon. Lethbridge lost the first game against RMAA, but bounced back to win their next two against Airdrie.

The final game featured Cochrane and Lethbridge, with Lethbridge winning 6-4. The celebration was loud and boisterous!