Posted 3/22/16 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
Not every young hockey player can say that they had a chance to skate on the Olympic ice at Lake Placid, New York. But for four young Watford City hockey players that dream is going to become a reality.
Blake Zimmerman, Kyle Carlson, and Jackson and Fox Dodds, members of the Watford City Oilers Bantams hockey team, have been selected to be part of the Northland Hockey Group’s Lake Placid Beast hockey team.
According to Joann Zimmerman, Blake’s mother, the four Watford City hockey players, had played in a summer hockey league with the Nodak Oilers and competed in tournaments in South Dakota and Minnesota. They were then chosen to participate in a Selects Weekend Tournament in Minneapolis, after which they were chosen to play on with the Lake Placid Beast team.
“The Lake Placid Beast team will be playing against eight to 10 from across the nation,” stated Zimmerman. “They are guaranteed to play four to five games. It is really going to be exciting for these boys to play on the ice where the 1980 Winter Olympics were held, as well as on the same ice where the movie, ‘Miracle on Ice’ was filmed.”
The tournament begins on March 24 and ends on Sunday, March 27.
According to Zimmerman, in addition to competing at one of the top tournaments in the nation, the top players at the tournament will be competing for scholarships to attend future hockey camps.