A lone Quesnel player is shouldering his stick and heading down to Surrey to represent the region with teammates he has never played with before.
After the tryouts and the coach’s deliberations, Levi Robertson was the only player chosen from Quesnel.
If he’s nervous to be out there in a strange environment, surrounded by people he’s played against so many times, he’s not showing it.
“It feels pretty good to be the only one chosen,” Robertson said.
Being part of a team that represents the region means he’ll be playing with teammates that he’s played against for much of his life. Some of that backstory is filled with rough patches and grudges.
Now they must work together in a high tension atmosphere.
“It’s gonna be awkward,” he said.
Like all the northern athletes going south, the long distances between team mates makes practicing as a team almost impossible. That means the team will have one practice in Prince George and the next time they’ll see each other they’ll be in Surrey for the games. There they have a couple more days to iron out the wrinkles they have been building up in their games against each other before they are thrown into a competitive game where team work will be key.
Robertson is hopeful they’ll be able to put their differences aside once they start to play.
“I just hope they respect I’m on the team and we gotta play together,” he said.
Though he hasn’t had the time to practice with his team mates, Robertson has been making sure that he’s been keeping his game sharp by practicing everyday.
The B.C. Summer Games is set to be on of the largest tournaments Robertson has played in and as such he is excited to take part.
As such he plans to make the most of the experience.
“I’m gonna play hard and have a good time,” Robertson said.