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BayToday Jr. Trappers Insider - Pre-Game Ritual

Wednesday, February 13, 2013   by: stephen langford

New Jr. Trappers forward Stephen Langford gets the "Mile High" feeling writing his first Jr. Trappers Insider on a rock cut. The Colorado native will be sharing his blog with you every Wednesday. Enjoy!

This past weekend we played two very exciting games and captured four points from Kirkland Lake and Blind River.

The “away” home game made it difficult for our fans to come support us, although I did see some familiar cheering faces which was awesome!

The town of Espanola also had a great number of fans cheering us on! It was such a great experience bringing back junior hockey to that town and also helping the NOJHL try to expand for the 2013-2014 season.

Not only was it fun to share an interesting ‘home’ game with my teammates and the town of Espanola, but also a once in a lifetime occurred when two members of the local First Nation came into our locker room and explained to us their history and culture.

We all took a seat in the locker room as one of them pulled out a bag of sage and rolled some into a ball.

He explained to us that their culture believes that everything in life has a spirit and that he wanted to sing a song to the frozen water spirit to thank him for supporting hockey players and the lifestyle we live and also to bring us closer to the frozen water spirit.

We all stood up to our feet and watched one of the visitors gave Connor Gilmartin the eagle staff that had the Flag of Nations attached to it.

The other gentleman then placed the ball of sage into a shell and lit it with a match then cupped the smoke and poured the ‘spirit’ onto him.

He then grabbed his drum and drumstick and began singing this song to the frozen spirit as we all one by one cupped the ‘spirit’ and ‘poured’ it on us.

Everybody was doing it differently, so when he came to me with burning sage, I reacted quickly and cupped my hand and put it on my left shoulder, then my right, then two over my head.

The song had a very quick beat and had awesome vocals!

I wish someone would have recorded it.

After the ritual, we went out and defeated Blind River 3-2, a game I will always remember because of the awesome ceremony in the locker room!

This Friday night we take on Elliot Lake at Memorial Gardens, then travel to Abitibi on Saturday, then back home on Sunday against Blind River.

Come help us capture six important points!!
Go Trapps Go!!
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