1972_Flyers1972 BANTAM WEST HILL FLYERS

In an era before all-star teams or developmental teams, the 1972 Bantam West Hill Flyers was primarily made up of players from the West Hill neighbourhood of PA. The Prince Albert Kinsmen Minor Hockey Association did allow them 7 pick-up players from East Hill and Crescent Heights, but primarily this group from the West Hill would go 68-3 in the winter of 1971-72 including winning the Provincial Bantam AA Championship. That record was compiled in league games, exhibition, tournament and playoff games.

Coached by Tony Mihilewicz, assisted by Jim Penner along with trainer Ron Russell, the Flyers would win the City Bantam Title and Provincial playdown tournament.

Three of the Flyers – Dave Dubyk, Glenn Kulyk and Bruce Balicki, would go on to play with the Prince Albert Raiders of the SJHL and win a Centennial Cup title. Lorne Adams went on to the Estevan Bruins in the SJHL and Dwayne Melrose went on to play with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL.

Members of the team included: Barry Mihilewicz (goaltender), Adams, Dubyk, Kulyk, Balicki, Melrose, Jim Weckworth, Mark Weckworth, Murray Guy, Jeff Smith, Warren Town, Dave Fisher, Jerry Harasyn, Dave Russell, Gerry Russell, Duane Rohachuk, Craig McLeod, Allan Merkowsky and Terry Strueby.