Ronda Caron took this photo of the flood in Princeton. (Facebook)

Ronda Caron took this photo of the flood in Princeton. (Facebook)

‘Sprung into action’: Princeton Posse players shift focus, help community

The team’s game against Kelowna on Tuesday was postponed

After winning once in two tries last weekend, the Princeton Posse haven’t spent this week playing hockey. Instead, the team has been about helping the community.

The team’s game against the Kelowna Chiefs on Tuesday was postponed amid the devastating flood within the area.

And as a result, Princeton’s players quickly shifted their focus to something else.

“Our guys kind of quickly sprung into action,” said the team’s head coach Mark Readman. “Anyone on our team that had a truck, we all met at the firehall. They had sand and some bags there and everyone was sandbagging, filling bags with the rest of the community.”

Readman received a call this week while he was working in his office and was told that the river level was rising.

“Our one river that flows right through town, right where the brown bridge is, it was 10 to 12 feet high,” he explained. “Almost touching the bridge and coming over the embankment.”

According to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Posse were at the hall until 2 a.m., after arriving at around 9:30 p.m.

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Meanwhile, on the ice, the Posse have had a rough start to the 2021-2022 campaign. The team has won just three times thus far in 16 games played.

“In all those games there’s flashes, there’s bits and pieces of positives kind of spread out across the game,” said Readman after the team’s winless weekend on Nov. 5-6, which included a 6-2 loss to the Osoyoos Coyotes.

The Posse are slated to travel to Summerland on Friday for a showdown against the Steam.


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