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Mistawasis Warriors

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JANUARY 1972      v03 n01 p15  
Art Ledoux is Chief of the Mistawasis band, but also he has been captain of the hockey team on the reserve for the past 19 years. A pretty impressive record in anybody's league.

The team name "Mistawasis Warriors" has remained with the team for also the past 19 years.

"We've had this team here for a long time before Sandy Lake or other teams in the area," Art stated.

The Warriors won their first trophy in 1954 at one of the first all Indian tournaments held in Duck Lake at the residential school. They took first place. The games were played on an outdoor rink and one of the former players remembered that the ice was thawing on the north side so one practically had to run to get the puck out.

The team's record with tournaments has been quite good. Last year they hosted an all Indian tournament in Leask and took first place. They have taken first place in the Turtleford tournament three years and the St. Wallberg tournament two years.

Last year they placed second in the Cutknife tournament loosing the final game 2-3 to Meadow Lake.

Over the years the team has collected a total of over 20 trophies.

Currently the team is playing in the Northern Lakes Hockey League. As well as Mistawasis the League includes teams from Spiritwood, Debden, Whitefish Lake, Leoville and Rabbit Lake.

Debden has first place while Mistawasis is in second place. "It looks like we'll end up in the finals again this year." Art Ledoux said.

Last year the Warriors captured first place and were in the finals both years before. Not bad for only being in a league three years.

Vern Johnstone the most valuable player and highest scorer awards for the past two years.

Grey Wolf was the second highest scorer last year. Elmer Badger was rated best defenceman and Gordon Ledoux second in Best Goalie.

The present teams has 15 regular and as well as team captain Art Ledoux it is managed by Ruben Johnstone and coached by playing coach Vern Johnstone.

Home ice for the team is Leask and a very good relationship has developed between the town and tie reserve. This year they completed a three sheet curling rink and next year they plan to work together for a new arena with artificial ice.