Hanging up the laces after a lifetime of memories

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Hockey has been a huge part of Kelly Currie’s life starting when he was just a baby.  Traveling around, watching his dad play, put the love of the game in his heart as soon as he could walk and hold a stick. 

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Kelly followed in his father’s footsteps with many successes in the sport and even got to play with him for a couple of years.

Kelly was 16 years old when he started to play senior hockey and joined his dad, Garnie, on the bench with the Wawota Flyers.  Kelly played in five All-Star games and one of them with his dad in 1988. 

Garnie, was back on the ice for one game of Big Six Hockey during the 04-05 season, when Kelly and his two brothers Mike and Bob, all played for the Wawota Flyers for one season.  Garnie suited-up for a game against the Carnduff Red Devils and Kelly’s kids; Ty and Taylor joined them on the ice for warm-up.  It was great to have three generations out on the ice altogether.

Kelly has played senior hockey for 26 years.  He has played 13 years in Carlyle, seven in Wawota, two in Unity, two in Spiritwood, one in Carnduff and one in Rocanville. 

Kelly has had many successes throughout his career.  He has won to his credit: Unity Miners; 3 Star Player and Top Scorer, Spiritwood Imperials; Top Scorer, MVP, 3 Star and most Gentlemanly Player, Rocanville’s; MVP and Top Scorer, Carnduff Red Devils; Top Scorer and MVP, Wawota Flyers; Greg Greenbank Top Scorer and Ted Denis MVP, Carlyle Cougars; Leading Scorer, MVP and Most Dedicated.  Kelly won League Titles with the Wawota Flyers in 1991 and 2005.  He won the league scoring titles in both the Triangle and Bix 6 Hockey Leagues.  He is the only player in the Big Six to have won the scoring title with three different teams!

Kelly, like his father, started their Senior hockey careers in their early teen years (Garnie at 14 and Kelly at 16) and ended them in their 40’s (Garnie at 40 and Kelly at 46).  Kelly says that his greatest accomplishments were, “Being able to play senior with his dad, Ty and his brothers”.  His best memories are; “all of the great guys he’s had a chance to meet and play alongside. Hanging around your teammates and all the fun that comes with that. The games, dressing room and fun away from the rink with the guys and their families.”

You’ll still see Currie around the rink, as he’ll be there to cheer on the Cougars, his students and in a few years, his grandson Kitt.

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