Our Midget Polar King players are not wearing their usual jersey’s.
On Sun. March 1, we are proud to wear the Military jersey’s from the 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Garrison Wainwright at a home game at the Peace Memorial Multiplex.
The Garrison in Wainwright is home to over 600 soldiers, sailors, airmen and women.
These numbers increase to over 6,000 each year during Exercise Maple Resolve, Canada’s largest army training exercise.
This exercise is the final training phase for all military members being deployed to various operations around the world.
The soldiers posted here in Wainwright are also a big part of our community and the Polar King U18 hockey team.
Part of the coaching and training staff and parents are members from the Garrison.
Our trainer is Francis Fullwood who is a civilian employee for the Personnel Support Programs.
Assistant Coach Brad Bailey also works with the Support Program as the supervisor.
Head Coach George Anthony is a retired Warrant Officer with over 35 years of service and now works at the Garrison as a civilian.
George was deployed on several domestic and international operations, including the Winnipeg floods, ice storm in Ontario, hurricane Katrina in the USA, Alberta floods and to Bosnia.
We are lucky to have two hockey parents that have strong military ties as well; Dan Cléroux served for 20 years with the Royal 22nd VanDoo Regiment reaching the rank of Sergeant before retiring here in the Wainwright area.
Dan was on various operations which included Yugoslavia (Bosnia) and Haiti.
As well, Warrant Officer Marc Parent who is still serving as the human resources manager on the Marc is in his 32nd year and has deployed on various domestic operations and internationally to Bosnia. #PKAC.
By George Anthony, Head Coach