U18 Lakers are 15,16 & 17 years old, and for the 2023-2024 season that means their year of birth is 2006, 2007 and 2008. Our U18 Lakers play in the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL). Last season we had 1 U18 Laker Team.
The U18 division is where the collaboration with the West Central Hub really shines. The SLMHA is host to the West Central Hub who provide U18 players with the opportunity to play at the AA level. This is the West Central U18 Tigers, and for 15 year olds, the West Central Panthers. If you are interested in trying out for the U16AA Panthers or U18AA Tigers there is a $150.00 tryout fee.
I am Daryl Puzey and I’m entering my inaugural year as your U18 director; I’m really looking forward to helping the youth of Sylvan Lake play this amazing game… hockey! Currently, I am a teacher at GH Dawe, in Red Deer. Formerly, I was an EMT/Firefighter, so I am entering this role with a vast variety of experiences that will guide me in this exciting role. Last year, I had a lot of fun coaching my son in SLMHA and I also coached a lot of Lakers and Tigers back in the 90’s & 2000’s…. I was even fortunate enough to win a Provincial Championship back in 1992 with the Atom Lakers.
As a life-long fan of this great game, I played minor hockey for 13 years, like most kids do, growing up. For the past 33 years, I have been involved in this great game, in many capacities, including both professionally and amateur. At all levels, I have coached, managed, and been a director of player personnel… this has led to many, many championships being won, but more importantly it has led to meeting many great people, along the way, and learning many valuable lessons. At the highest level, I coached the Guildford Flames, of the British Premier League but at the “funnest” level, I coached a bunch of Swiss kids when I didn’t know an ounce of Swiss or German. And my proudest moment so far, involves saving one of my player’s life, right on the ice… after the hit he took, left him not breathing & convulsing.
I look forward to all the great times and great conversations this upcoming season…. and please reach out to me… I will be happy to help!
Go LAKERS…. Go OILERS!
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