Matt Riskin (3L)
When was the last time an NHL team won five Stanley Cups in a row? Late 70s Canadiens or early 80s Islanders? Four. Oilers? No, that was merely an incredible five in seven years (and would have been seven straight if it weren’t for the mole the Flames planted, being Steve Smith, and the fact that the whole team was still in Stage 4 of grief in 1989 after the Gretzky trade). Canucks? Nope, that was zero in a row. In fact, the last team to win five straight was the Toe Blake-coached Canadiens, from 1956-1960. I tell you this to put the Tortfeasors Hockey Club’s 5th straight Western Canadian Law Hockey Championship into perspective.
Those three of you lucky enough to have attended the tournament on January 24-25 probably appreciated the grandeur of the moment, as the clock ticked down and history was unfolding before your eyes. In all seriousness, it was a great weekend and we really appreciate those who did come out and support us. It was another successful year as our executive (Lucas Huyser-Wierenga, Connor Smith – 3L and Steve Hughes) hosted a flawless event that included off-ice activities as well. There was a Friday pub night at Central Social Hall, and a Saturday banquet at Teddy’s (the brisket was delicious) followed by an evening at the Pint on Whyte.
Once again, we had the Universities of Calgary, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in town for the tournament, formally named after Dale Masson.For those who don’t know, Dale was a Tortfeasor goaltender, and prior to that, he was a Memorial Cup champion with the Kamloops Blazers and a National Champion with the U of A Golden Bears. Dale passedaway suddenly during the 2009 K-100 road race, and left behind his wife and two young children. We were honoured as a team to once again participate in this tournament bearing his name.
There are a few participants in particular who should be recognized. First up is Devin Crisanti, who only played part of the first game. This was due to a puck that hit him in the mouth, instantly changing his identity from Law Student to Dental Patient. Devin was a trooper and supported us on the bench for our last two games, though he was understandably a bit jittery when pucks came flying by. Many sporting good retailers around the city have already sent Devin notes of thanks, as sales of full cages and mouth guards have surged since the incident.
I should also recognize Paul Kolida – or Kolida-scope, as literally no one on our team has ever called him. Not only did Paul backstop us in goal in the championship game, but he also played forward one game (thanks to our embarrassment of riches in goal) and scored a goal! Sure Matt Scrivens banked it in off his stick, but it was a goal nonetheless. I kid, it was actually pretty nice. Speaking of Matt Scrivens, is there a Scrivens who has had a bigger impact on the Edmonton hockey scene this year? Absolutely, yes.
Stay tuned as we continue our quest for the Triple Crown, the remaining jewels being the alumni game and intramural playoffs.