February 23 to March 10, 2021 ribbon Canada Winter Games 2007
Late Call up puts Decker on ice
2007, February 26th:
Curtis Decker knew why he didn't make the Saskatchewan hockey team.

He was injured during tryouts. But then he got called up to replace another injured player.

"Get down here by 8 a.m.. You're leaving for Whitehorse."

He was just ecstatic his mother, Kim, said. It is about a four-hour drive from Yorkton to Saskatoon. He got his #20 jersey when he got there.

And getting there wasn't easy. The selection process to make the provincial Games hockey team is daunting.

From a hockey standpoint, Saskatchewan is divided into 8 zones. Each zone selects a team; the 8 teams go to a tournament; 40 players are selected from the 150; they join 40 players eligible from the year before; from this 80, precisely 32 have a chance to make the 20 team roster. These 32 were evaluated throughout the winter and the team was finally selected on January 12.

Except, of course, for Curtis Decker who played in the thrilling 0-0
draw with Alberta last night. That call came on February 22.