The Estevan Power Dodge bantam Voltz had a memorable weekend at the provincial tournament in Saskatoon, teaming up with the Weyburn Threshers to win the bronze medal – the first for an Estevan team at provincials.
But for one member of the team, there was even more reason to remember the tournament.
Nathan Wagstaff was named the MVP at the awards ceremony on Sunday. He had an excellent tournament, capped by a four-goal performance in the bronze medal game.
“I didn’t really see it coming, but I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Wagstaff. “A lot of guys could have won it, so it was pretty special.”
There were some very deserving players on his team, as they all worked hard and made big contributions to the southeast team winning a medal.
“I was just working as hard as I could and trying to help the team win. I wasn’t really thinking about winning the MVP.”
Wagstaff attributed the award to capitalizing on his chances, and scoring a couple of goals when his team needed them.
“I think I brought a pretty good physical game, made some nice hits, got the team all fired up and ready to go.”
Winning a medal at provincials was a special feeling for Wagstaff.
“It’s always good for good ol’ Estevan to go up to those big tournaments and play hard, make some big hits and show those guys who’s boss. It felt pretty good.”
The MVP award is the latest accomplishment for Wagstaff. Earlier this season, he was named to Team Saskatchewan.
Their first practice is this weekend in Regina, and then they get ready to travel to nationals in B.C. later this summer.
“No matter what the outcome is, if we win or lose, it’s kind of hard coming from the small province of Saskatchewan, but we’re going to give it our all and hope for the best.”
Being part of Team Saskatchewan has helped Wagstaff a lot, and the experience of playing at the next level has had a big part in his development.
“Every year I learn lots, and I get better just by going to nationals.,” said Wagstaff.
He also continues to enjoy the sport, with its fast pace and physical play and its ability to bring out the best in him.