For the fourth time in five years, the Estevan Bruins Alumni have captured the Alumni Cup – the annual New Year's Day game against the Weyburn Red Wings Alumni.
Estevan routed Weyburn 7-3 at Affinity Place. Todd Ripplinger scored twice for Estevan. Kyle Garagan, Payden Benning, Brant Kersey, Brody Haygarth and Keith Cassidy had the other goals.
The game was played with two, 35-minute, straight time halves. Estevan led 4-1 after the first half.
Estevan had 21 players dressed, with 12 forwards, eight defencemen and Joel Danyluk in goal.
Alumni association president Brad Pierson said the Alumni Cup is always a fun event, as the players – and even those who don't suit up for the game – have a great time together, and they get to share stories.
The game was played prior to the Estevan-Weyburn SJHL game.
The Bruin alumni association inducted Bill Dutton and Tom More into the Bruin Builder Wall of Fame.
Dutton was actively involved with the team in a variety of capacities when the Bruins joined the modern SJHL in the early 1970s. He served as president, drove the team bus, sang the national anthem prior to games and volunteered in other areas.
He is now one of the co-owners of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.
More was involved in the late 1970s and much of the 1980s. In the early 1980s, he initiated the process of selling shares for the club in Estevan when the Bruins were in dire financial straights. He also brokered the deal that brought Gerry James to be the Bruins' coach and GM in 1984.
More still resides in Estevan.