Whooping it up in Texas

By Curtis J PhillipsJarret Lukin

Yeehaw.

Fort McMurray’s Jarret Lukin was no doubt whooping it up down Texas way last weekend as he played an integral part in the Allen Americans winning their first ever Central Hockey League championship.

Lukin scored a goal; his fourth in the post season, to assist the Americans to 3-2 overtime win in Game 7 against the Wichita Thunder in front of 6,125 loyal fans at the Allen Event Centre in Allen, Texas.

In his seventh year of semi-pro hockey, Lukin, 29, joins a few other Fort McMurray local heroes who have been part of CHL history including A.J. Aitken and Brad Mueller’s back-to-back rings with the Memphis River Kings 2002-2003 and former Oil Barons’ Fraser Filipic who also suited up for two CHL championships with the Colorado Eagles 2005 and 2007.

Congrats to the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships as the host committee recently announced in a press release that the “10-day national event, which took place at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre from January 31 to February 10, raised $80,000 for the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club and its junior program.”

Another great fundraiser took place just last Friday with the second annual Keyano College Foundations One on One Banquet raising $185,000 in support of the Keyano Huskies Athletic Endowment fund!

The hot stove segment of the event featured an Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames flashback with Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Dave Lumley representing the Oilers while the Flames alumni featured Theo Fleury, Joel Otto and Jim Peplinski.

Had to miss out the event, which from now on will be held every two years, the next in 2015, as was in attendance at the Canadian Association of Sports Heritage conference in Calgary.

Held at the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the key message was passed on by the representatives from various sports hall of fames from coast-to-coast-to-coast, was it was not the number of goals scored or homerun balks hit but the way in which the athlete had to make sacrifices to reach these milestones. T

The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame has also launched a Canadian Heroes 200-page book as part of the ReadOn! Literacy program with features on various Canadian legends from Marilyn Bell to Tom Longboat. The main part of the book though is the 142-page fictitious account of the Fort McMurray University Bisons and a Russian player by the name of Vlad.

Speaking of sports hall of fames, the 7th Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Induction dinner still has tickets available for its June 13 event at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre as judo athlete Laurie Wiltshire, Noralta Skating coach Ben Sauve and the Ewashko family along with John Wilson will be honoured.

Guest speaker is Olympic champion speed skater Catriona Le May Doan.

For more info www.woodbuffalosports.com.

Did you know that with the recent visit of Bill Cosby and the Beach Boys there was also some strong athletic ties to their talents.

Comedic legend Cosby ran track and played fullback for Temple University and original Beach Boy and lead singer Mike Love is uncle of NBA two-time all-star Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Catch you on the rebound.