Youth Hockey Shapes Young Adults

Zane Garstad, in no hurry to let go of his grip on the Stanley Cup at the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo Courtesy Scott Barten)
Zane Garstad, in no hurry to let go of his grip on the Stanley Cup at the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo Courtesy Scott Barten)

Friday we told you about three young Sheridan men who were able to play with the All-Wyoming Hockey Team at a Silver Stick Tournament in Canada. Today, Mary Jo Johnson talks with coach Zane Garstad about youth hockey in Sheridan.

He wears a cowboy hat as Rodeo Board president during the summer, and a hockey helmet as a youth hockey coach in the winter. Zane Garstad, who, along with his son Logan joined the All-Wyoming group in Toronto in early January, says theirs was an awesome experience.

Also attending from Sheridan were Collin Eisenman and his dad Larry, and Lane Barton and his dad Scott. Garstad discusses another aspect of being a part of the All-Wyoming team.

Garstad is quick to point out that unlike the fights that tend to break out during professional hockey games, the coaches for all the Wyoming teams take a very different approach.

This weekend, for example, the high school team will be in Cody. He says the coach of Cody's team is the All-Wyoming team coach, and two of his players were on the trip to Toronto. It will be nice, he adds, that despite the competition this weekend, it's a healthy and respectful rivalry with the shared bond of that Canadian experience.

And of course, before I wrapped up my interview with Zane, I had to ask.

To learn more about youth hockey in Sheridan, call Garstad at [751-0121]; visit http://www.sheridanhockey.org/ or http://www.pointstreak.com/playe....

For sheridanmedia.com news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson reporting.

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