2014 2004 Canada Cowboys
Posted by: Administration
Monday, August 25, 2014

Amazing. Fun. Memorable.

These are just a short sample of words that describes an incredible 14-day life experience in Europe for the 04 Canada Cowboys.

Despite being strangers to one another two weeks prior to flight departure in Calgary, the players and parents came together as a close family as we rode the tour bus through Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

On the ice, our team posted an overall record of 5 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. We captured the gold medal in the Prague Challenge and Bratislava Series events, and the silver medal in a tournament in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. Our team adjusted well when they had their first experience to body contact and European officiating, but grew from this adversity. The 04 Cowboys showed much Canadian pride and understood they played for the name on the front of their jerseys, not the one on the back.


Off the ice the players enjoyed the hospitality of their European counterparts, with many exchanging jerseys following the final in Prague. A highlight for them on the tour, in general, was the free day at the Vienna Prader Park, an amusement park with some wicked and fun rides. I regress if I didn't mention the gelato - European ice cream, that was very good too.

Our parents also enjoyed the hospitality and fellowship with the European parents, exchanging pins and anything else that had a Canadian logo on it. The tours of Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, as well as Prague, Czech Republic gave insight into the amazing history and architecture of some of Europe's oldest cities. The river tour of Prague and the fine European shopping topped many highlight lists.

The time went by quickly, yet lasting memories of a great experience.


Darryl Knutson

Head Coach

04 Canada Cowboys


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