Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 26

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE -Ask Zac Robidoux about patience. The one-time backup goaltender with the Portage Terriers turned out to be the No. 1 goaltender when the Terriers beat the Carleton Place Canadians 5-2 to win the RBC Cup, emblematic of Canada’s national Jr. A hockey championship. It had been a long, hard season, but Robidoux, a Metis star and former member of Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship who plated Triple A midget with the Pembina Valley Hawks, simply kept his head down, worked hard, waited his turn and in the end, reaped his just reward. “I always believed I would get my chance eventually,” said Robidoux last week. “It was just a matter of being patient and working hard. Eventually the bounces would start to go my way.” True, but to be fair, it took a young man with a big heart and a true love of the game to wait as long as Robidoux did last season. It was indeed, a long and winding road to the RBC Cup championship. “I started out in training camp in the Western Hockey League with Medicine TALENTED, PATIENT FORMER NAHC GOALIE REAPS JUST REWARD Sometimes, even for very talented hockey players, patience is more than just a virtue. Last season, Zac Robidoux was patient and now he’ll have a shot with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings. By Scott Taylor Photos by Bruce Fedyck 26 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015