The Wild Turkeys from Steinbach won their division's recreational hockey championship at the 2016 CARHA Hockey World Cup in Windsor, Ontario. The tournament takes place once every four years in a different Canadian city with over 120 teams from 15-plus countries being represented.
Wild Turkeys goalie Scott Toews says their regular team finished four out of 12 teams in the southeast and there were three players from the area who were able to come along, the other players consisted of individuals from Ontario. Toews adds there was opening ceremonies where around 2,000 hockey players marched the streets of Windsor and there was a street celebration. Toews notes, it couldn't have gone better.
"We played four tournament games within our own division. Once we got rolling into the tournament we beat a team from Northern Switzerland 7-1, the next day we played a team from Southern Switzerland and we beat them 6-0. Then we thought, okay, we're feeling confident, the team is going well. Then we played a Calgary team, which we knew would be a lot tougher and we beat them 5-0."
Toews says they played the Calgary team once again in the finals and beat them 3-1, though it was a tougher battle the second time around.
Defenseman Ryan Taylor says he felt the team could have competed in a higher division but had a good time during the week long tournament.
"Everything clicked and it seemed we played together all year," notes Taylor. "I thought we were going to be in this whole elite league and we were just some country bumpkins showing up to a big classy thing, and it wasn't. We ended up coming together as a team and it worked."
Toews says the experience, in general, was wonderful adding they were able to meet people from all over the world. He adds he plans to go back in four years and defend their championship title.