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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

RIDERS LACE 'EM UP

Roughriders Chris Getzlaf and Chris Best celebrate with a young Melfort hockey player
BYLINE: Greg Wiseman
Melfort Journal

MELFORT -- An estimated 1,400 people packed into the Northern Lights Palace on Sunday, February 10 to watch two football teams compete – in a hockey game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders had a contingent of players lace-up the skates to take on players from the 2012 provincial champion Melfort Comet football team.

Chris Getzlaf, a slotback with the Roughriders turned forward for the hockey game, said coming out to events like this are enjoyable.

“It was lots of fun. You have all types of players on our team, guys that have played the game quite a bit and some not at all. It was a lot of fun in the dressing room and out on the ice,” he said after the game was done.

One of those players with no experience was running back Kory Sheets.

Although he and teammate linebacker Shomari Williams seemed to be tentative on the ice, they also seemed to be having a lot of fun playing a different sport.

For Sheets, playing hockey is something he has wanted to do for a long time.

“This was my first time playing hockey,” said Sheets who slid into the Melfort net and had that count as a goal.

“Growing up I wanted to play hockey, but this stuff (equipment) is expensive and we couldn’t afford it so I played football,” he said enjoying the feeling of the skates coming off his feet.

“I know people got a kick out of seeing me stumble around and acting foolish out there but it was fun,” he said with a big smile.

Comet quarterback Brett LeCuyer, who scored a hat trick in the game, said he wasn’t going to miss a chance to play in a game like this.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said after the game where the Riders won 10-8.

“It was unbelievable. You don’t expect to play against the Riders,” he said also smiling.

Curtis Puetz, a receiver with the Comets, said it took a while to get his hockey legs back after a bit of an absence from the game, but also had fun on the ice.

“Some of the Roughriders are pretty quick on their feet and some are a little slow so that made it fun.”
The game was a fundraiser for the Melfort Comet football program and although a final tally of funds raised was not available Comets’ head coach Dave Rogers was pleased with the turnout for he event.

READ MORE:  http://www.melfortjournal.com/2013/02/12/comets-face-roughridersin-hockey-fundraiser

(Story, photo courtesy Melfort Journal)

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