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Hockey team joins Canadian alums for annual tournament

70s-80s team<br />STANDING: Randy Slomp, Doug Visser, Jack Oudman, Andy Haarsma, Mike Wildeboer, Len Vanderschee, Jason Debbink, Elco Vander Grift, Carl Timmer  SITTING: Rick Abma, Frank Vande Kraats, Dave Tilstra, Tim Hoogland, Brian Vanderveen, Ken Vander Veen, Jim Hummel  MISSING: John De Hoog, Norm Noordhof

70s-80s team
STANDING: Randy Slomp, Doug Visser, Jack Oudman, Andy Haarsma, Mike Wildeboer, Len Vanderschee, Jason Debbink, Elco Vander Grift, Carl Timmer SITTING: Rick Abma, Frank Vande Kraats, Dave Tilstra, Tim Hoogland, Brian Vanderveen, Ken Vander Veen, Jim Hummel MISSING: John De Hoog, Norm Noordhof

From January 5 through 7 Dordt Alumni gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, from as far away as Abbotsford, British Columbia, nearly 2000 miles to the southeast. The Dordt alumni joined the Dordt College Blades and the King’s University College Eagles in a seven-game tournament. The Dordt alumni teams spanned almost thirty-five years, with players ranging from Doug Visser (ex’71) to Russ Van Boom (’05).

The thirty-seven alumni formed two teams: the 1970s - 80s alumni and the 1990s – 2000s alumni. The teams were very competitive, and most of the games were decided in the final period. The Saturday final featured the Blades and the Eagles each with round robin records of two wins and one loss. King’s led 2-1 going into the final period and eventually outlasted the undermanned Blades with a score of 5-2. Ironically the only team to beat King’s was the 70s and 80s alumni team in a gutsy performance earlier that day, winning 8-7. The “old” alumni team was led by youngster Mike Wildeboer (’95) with three goals.

90s-00s team (left to right)<br />Izzy Huygen, Jay Visser, Brad Klok, Hendrik de Gier, Mark Bentum, Craig Pasma, Mike Debbink, Daniel Hummel, Derek Wassink, Travis Woudstra, Jordan Van Doesburg, Jordan Heerema, Josh Van de Kraats, Rus Van Boom, Dave Prins  MISSING: Franklin Guillaume, Josh VanHaastert

90s-00s team (left to right)
Izzy Huygen, Jay Visser, Brad Klok, Hendrik de Gier, Mark Bentum, Craig Pasma, Mike Debbink, Daniel Hummel, Derek Wassink, Travis Woudstra, Jordan Van Doesburg, Jordan Heerema, Josh Van de Kraats, Rus Van Boom, Dave Prins MISSING: Franklin Guillaume, Josh VanHaastert

To end the weekend, alumni, current Blades, friends, and future Blades gathered for a pizza dinner and awards ceremony. The event was an opportunity to meet other Dordt alumni and to reminisce about Dordt days. The event was organized by Russ Van Boom (’05), Izzy Huygen (’98), Jim Hummel (’89), and Brian Vander Veen (ex’83).