Corbin Sanderman will represent “Big Country” Zone 2 at Alberta Winter Games

Corbin Sanderman

Three Hills will be represented at the Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie this weekend, with Three Hills native Corbin Sanderman between the pipes for the Big Country Zone Boys’ hockey team. Sanderman played for seven years in Three Hills/Kneehill and has played for the AA Peewee Olds Grizzlies for the past two years.

Every other year, the Alberta Winter Games are held in one of the eight Provincial Zones, for all of the various winter sports. Tryouts for boys’ hockey were held over three days in early December throughout the province, with drills, skills competitions, a goalie only session, and game style competition at the end of the weekend. Corbin Sanderman was one of the 160 kids born in 2007 to attend the camp in Olds, from which two teams of twenty (one for each zone represented in the region) would be chosen. Of the 160 participants, 26 were goaltenders. Sanderman was chosen to play in goal and represent “Big Country” Zone 2, at the Alberta Winter Games opening February 14th.

The weekend will be played in a four-game tournament style, with the medal games taking place on Monday. Corbin’s mother Lisa says that Corbin is excited for the weekend, and is looking forward to getting to know his teammates. The teams aren’t able to practice ahead of time, but stay together in the “athletes villages” set up at schools across Airdrie; they are hosted for meals and bused together to practices. His teammates will include players he’s competed against, and Lisa says it’s “a pretty cool experience to get to compete at that level with those kids.” One of his teammates on the Peewee Olds Grizzlies will also be competing on his team at the Winter Games.

The Winter Games is the first time Hockey Alberta is able to get a look at the next wave of hockey players. In the odd years between the Games, Hockey Alberta hosts the “Prospect Cup” which gives them a further look at the next year of hockey hopefuls. Corbin would like to play at a competitive level as long as he can, but for now will enjoy this experience.