BEDEQUE, P.E.I. - Three siblings have skated their way to outstanding hockey success and were honoured for their sporting achievements during a special ceremony at the Callbeck Centre in Bedeque, Saturday afternoon.
Ron Rayner, the mayor of Bedeque and Area, says each year the community recognizes significant achievements of their young people.
“We’re extremely honoured and pleased to have these three sisters, Bridgette Linkletter, Maggie, and Charlotte, recognized for their sporting accomplishments,” commented Rayner.
“They all played out of the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre, and this past winter each one has been on an Island winning hockey team. They are the Island champions in each of their divisions, a winner in the Maritime League, silver runner-up in the Atlantic championships…” he listed them off.
Bridget played in the Atlantics, her biggest and best yet of her hockey career. Maggie played at the Esso Cup, national level. And Charlotte has just been signed for the Canada Games 2019 and will travel to the city of Red Deer, AB. in February.
“We are both very proud parents,” stated Kathy Linkletter. “Hockey has given the girls many life skills, great opportunities, friends, and for us parents a lot of time spent with them – and you can never get too much time with your kids.”
The girls first-cousin is professional ice hockey forward Josh Currie. He currently plays with the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League, while under the contract to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.
Charlotte plans to follow his lead and represent Canada under the brightest lights in women’s hockey.
“A little while back I was trying out for the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, and after that tournament, I got a call to say I had made the 2019 Canada Games. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in all my life that I made it!” she chimed.
“I cannot count the friends, memories, and life experiences that I’ve gained just from this one sport,” Charlotte added.
“And to think it all began in the little rink in Bedeque,” Kathy motioned, with a proud smile.