Every Monday we will be awarding three players who had a big week and giving them stars. We will be doing this week-to-week with points being collected throughout the season. The top three players will be recognized and presented an award during our final home game of the season.
The Swan Valley Stampeders had a bad week, dropping both games and now sit with a 1-3 record to start the 2023-24 season. It was a much better team effort Friday night at the Centennial Arena, but keeping the puck out of their own net has been a tough thing to do early on this season.
Swan Valley dropped a 6-2 decision Wednesday night to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. They followed that up with a much better performance Friday night on home ice but didn’t get the result, losing 4-2 to the Niverville Nighthawks.
In the community | The Stampeders had another busy week helping out in the community. Many Stamps have been visiting schools across the Valley, helping kids in class, on ice with practices in the evenings and most recently joined the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation walk put on by the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre.
Rough start | Through four games the Stampeders find themselves at the bottom of the MGEU West Division, fighting to find offence early on. Swan Valley has been slowly getting better with every game they play. Many new faces can do that to a team early on in the season. Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff has already made a tweak to the back-end, acquiring 20-year-old, Odessa, SK product Luke Schaeffer. The 6’1” 195lbs defenceman was a very calming presence on the Stampeder blue-line Friday night and will settle in quick with his new team.
Three star point system is as follows:
1st Star = 3 points
2nd Star = 2 points
3rd Star = 1 point
Check back every Monday for the Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium, Three Stars of the Week.
THREE STARS (Sept. 24 – Oct. 1)
Darius Makse remains in the third star selection this week, collecting two points in two games last week. The 20-year-old added an assist Wednesday night and closed out the week with a goal against Niverville Friday night at the Centennial Arena. Makse sits second in team scoring with four points (2G, 2A).
Josh Danis slides into the second star spot week after a pair of solid games from the 20-year-old veteran forward. The Calgary, AB product scored his first goal of the season against Waywayseecappo Wednesday night. The 6’0” 185lbs forward added a pair of assists Friday night in a 4-2 loss to Niverville. Danis sits third in team scoring with four points (1G, 3A).
Alex Walicki remains at the top this week, collecting three points in two games. The Calgary, AB product picked up an assist on the team’s first goal Wednesday night against the Wolverines. He then added a helper on the game’s first goal and went on to score a beautiful power play marker Friday night against the Nighthawks. Walicki sits first in team scoring with six points (3G, 3A).
The “Three Stars of the Week” is brought to you by Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium.
Ticket info | Stampeder flex packs and season tickets are still available, please contact Cody 1-204-281-2765 if you are interested in purchasing. Single-game student and adult tickets are now available at Home Hardware and Riddell’s Plumbing & Heating. Both locations will only accept cash for payment.
Corporate Sponsorship | We still have items available for anyone looking to help support the Swan Valley Stampeders during their 25th anniversary season. Please email Cody – email@example.com for packages or if you would like to discuss in person.
Online 50/50 tickets can also be purchased leading up to every home game. You can buy your tickets at stampedershockey.com.
Alex Walicki – 3
Callum Halls – 2
Darius Makse – 1