Taking COVID-19 rapid tests was not something the High River Flyers hockey team players expected as part of their return to competitive play this fall. But they have enjoyed the chance to be back together as a team for the first time in over a year despite the weekly tests.
The Flyers are a part of the South Division of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League, playing their home games at the Bob Snodgrass Arena Complex.
“You definitely realize how much you missed it when you are back out here,” says defenceman Kyle Burritt on meshing as a team again for the first time in over a year, due to being forced to cancel the season, after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
The Flyers took on the Coaldale Copperheads in their second home game of the season and fell short with a final score of 7-0. With just three wins in 24 games, things haven’t gone quite as planned so far for the team. But the players are happy to be skating again.
“I miss the guys more than the actual game,” says Flyers defenceman Max Chivers. “Now that we’re back, it’s back to teamwork.”