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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 27, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Free press May 1990 sports Roland Huemmer Jan Oriluel with clockwise Vic Laurence Andy Roy Gene Zawalko and Milan tournament of a lifetime Lions at Home playing hockey on Road by James Crampton they they they played a Little the czechoslovakian a local old timers hockey packed up their skates and Sticks and went to Europe for a six game stint in they did it for the love of and a desire to experience the game european but for Jan Andy Milan Otruba and Jan the tournament was More of an emotional while most of the players can boast having czechoslovakian these four were born in the Eastern european Otruba and Matejicka wre born in the capital of and Koprada hails from in the seeing firsthand the changes mat political Reform had brought to the once communist state added to the thrill of playing european it was the time of our says a defens Eman and the team we were planning the trip for a couple of Only by Chance did it happen a couple of months after the political the who changed their names to Winnipeg Lions for the Range in age from 33 to the european series took them from in the West German to and then into it is impressive what is going says a Lions who had not returned to Czechoslovakia since his departure in in the excitement of seeing his family again was too great and he left one Day ahead of the Freedom is much More it takes you a bit by a very great experience to see the land of your birth change for the adds it was a very heartwarming the one thing they didst experience was an easy in Germany and the Lions were thrown to we were supposed to be playing just old timers says but in3ermany and Austria we were told that their level of old timers is not that so they threw up a couple of regular teams against the opposition turned out to be second division with Only a few old vets thrown in for Good at for game the Lions f aced off on March 22 against a team consisting of four first division and nine second division players from the German feeling justifiably the Lions were trounced that by our worst Orihel ours legs were feeling pretty heavy by the third period and we still had to adjust to the larger ice the Lions found the big european rinks to be an exhausting their players would be Wheeling by on the outside and it would be difficult to catch says a 44yearold Lions we adjusted by doing All we could that is to work Here i a 44 year old playing against 20 year old Guys on a big ice surface game at Salzburg on March was against another second division the Lions lost then it was on to where their opponents were genuine old timers and the play was More the Lions would play three games in Ano another in Poprad against teams that would feature several former members of czech National the Lions dropped a 129 decision in game March at game on March was at Poprad and the Lions were jolted 128 for their fourth loss in a the Lions returned to Bratislava for games five and when the puck finally started bouncing for the they roared out to 119 and 97 victories that game was the highlight of the whole says who played the series with a broken there was end trend lots of constant you new you were in a real hockey and the crowds in Bratislava were Between 400 and 500 were out to see the Many were our czechoslovakian relatives who came out to cheer us in Orihel had the Chance to meet with his old boyhood Friend Vlado currently a Junior team coach and the eldest brother of the brat Slavian family mat produced the Nils brother act of Anton and Orihel often has dinner with whenever he is in town to face the along with the four Slovakia born the Winnipeg Lions consisted of leading scorer Gene Ted Laurence Dan Ted Roy Ted John Jerry Yvan Andy Joey Harris and Shell shocked goalie Vic a Small taste of International no matter at what has left the Lions hungry for were planning to go Back says the 36yearold who was teamed with Orihel on it was the tournament of a lifetime for Many of i always wanted to go Back and play some games in it didst matter with High school athlete of the week Daryl traverse improving traverse still learning you dont want to get Pitcher Dar Ryl traverse normally Cool and the 18yearold Pitcher for the Daniel Mclntyre maroons fastball team has been near perfect this he has averaged eight strikeouts a game while contributing on offence with two Home runs and a batting average of maroons coach Boyd Van Agge Len says the Only thing missing from traverses game is a killer he is the Ace of our he throws the Ball hard and he strokes it hard when Hes at the Vanaggelen he is still Hes still a kid so that killer instinct will come along with despite his impressive tra verse is not totally i could be doing a whole lot bet sometimes i make mistakes that Hurt our one of four returnees in the maroons traverse is expected to play a leadership but he says at this Point in the season his contribution to helping developing some of the younger players on the squad is limited they should know what to do Al ready so i just try to concentrate on my own said the hulking the maroons sport an Overall re Cord of 123 this including a 70 slate in conference the team finished third in the Portage collegiate tournament earlier this month and second in the James collegiate tournament traverse says he has the luxury of playing in front of a defence which Doest make Many mis its a team Effort that wins this he they Back me it makes you feel More Comfort Able on the the native of Jack head Indian Reserve says he wont be satisfied unless the maroons win the Provin Cial championship in last year the team finished for the past three seasons tra verse has also been a key member of the maroons football play ing 6n both and de

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