Brothers continue Bisons family tradition
Hockey: Okotokian Bordt siblings return to the herd
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 06:00 am
Bisons really do roam together.
Okotokians Jaret and Tyler Bordt have extended a family tradition with the Okotoks Jr. B Bisons by joining the Heritage Junior Hockey League team in its push towards top spot in the Southern Division.
“It’s cool being back playing and a great opportunity to play with Jaret,” said Tyler, the youngest of three Bordt brothers. “We’ve got a good group here and we can for sure make it deep in the playoffs.”
It’s now three brothers to suit up for the hometown squad.
Darren Bordt, the oldest of the three brothers, is a former Bisons captain and was named to the team’s Wall of Fame following the 2016 campaign.
It’s a return to the herd for Jaret.
The 20-year-old patrolled the blueline from 2015-17 before heading to Invermere in the fall to play alongside Tyler – a second-year member of the Columbia Valley Rockies – for the first time since their days with the Okotoks Midget AA Oilers.
“It was pretty cool to play with Ty there and spend some time with him,” Jaret said. “It’s pretty intense (there), everyone likes you and everyone knows who you are. It’s a pretty small, tight, well-rounded community.”
Coming back to the Bisons was done with an eye on next season.
In order to play his 21-year-old season as an overager with Okotoks he needed to have played for the team as a 20-year-old.
The well-rounded rearguard led Okotoks defencemen with 35 points in 36 games last season.
“It’s awesome so far,” Jaret said. “Everyone seems like they want to chip in, give it their all and hopefully all of us will make it far. Everyone is on board.”
For Tyler, it’s his first time wearing Bisons colours since affiliating for one game with the squad some three seasons ago.
He spent the past two winters on picturesque Lake Windermere with Columbia Valley.
“I wanted to upgrade my math, get some schooling done, work for my dad and focus on myself a bit more,” Tyler said. “The hockey in B.C. is more intense, we’re on the ice every single day, with the team six hours a day so it was hard to work and focus on yourself.
“They’re a great organization. I just wanted to come back here and focus on my own goals. I know there are a lot of guys (with the Bisons) going to school here so they can balance.”
Jekyll and Hyde
The Okotoks Jr. B Bisons showcased some good and bad in its weekend split.
First, the surging Cochrane Generals rode three powerplay goals to a 4-1 victory over the Bisons Friday night in Okotoks.
Talus Hume opened the scoring 19 seconds in for the visitors in what was a lacklustre effort from everyone wearing blue other than Bisons netminder Devin Reagan who kept his team in the contest.
The Bisons took to the road and changed their fortunes the following night, roughing up the basement dwelling Medicine Hat Cubs by an 11-4 count on Saturday.
Okotoks (17-9-2) dropped from second to a tie for third with Coaldale in the Southern Division with 36 points. Cochrane and High River lead the way with 37 points though the Bisons own games in hand on both clubs. The Bisons get back on the ice for a home-and-home versus Strathmore, starting Jan. 19 in Okotoks at 8 p.m. The herd close the weekend on Jan. 21 in a 1:15 p.m. matinee against Three Hills.
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