The ’94 Rangers put the “win” in Winnipeg over the weekend, capturing the intermediate men’s contenders division championship at CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Play On 4-on-4 street hockey tournament.
The Rangers—consisting of Elroy Cheesequay (captain), John Monahan, Steve Hands, Trevor Hands, Chris Stainke, Rob Kinsman, and Justin Allen—opened play by losing their first round-robin game.
But they went on to win the next two by a way of a 10-goal mercy rule.
Being seeded in sixth place for the playoff round, they got a bye in the first round.
The Rangers then beat the Mall Cops 13-4 in their first playoff game and moved on.
After a chippy 7-6 win over Germania, it came down to a nail-biting shoot-out against Lil-D’s Painting in a 14-13 barnburner.
“That’s the one game [other than the final] that stands out for me,” noted Cheesequay.
In the final, the Rangers pulled out a 5-4 victory against 13th-seeded “The Storm.”
“The final game was the most fun game that we played,” Cheesequay remarked.
“There was no bickering. We could just play hockey,” he noted. “Nobody was arguing calls.
“They [‘The Storm’] said it was the best game they played, too.”
The team will be returning next year to defend its title.