Winnipeg Athlete Joins Prince George Kodiaks Football Team

Winnipeg football player Evan Patrick will join the Prince George Kodiaks on the field at Masich Place Stadium in their inaugural home game Saturday night against the Kamloops Broncos.

Proud Grandpa Bob raves about his 18-year-old grandson, Evan Patrick, who is on the defensive line for the new Prince George Kodiaks, part of the BC Junior Football Conference, playing their first home game against the Kamloops Broncos on Saturday at Masich Place Stadium.

“As Evan Patrick’s grandfather and grandmother, we (and the whole family) are so proud of Evan’s success in competitive sports and his acceptance and commitment to playing this season. inaugural with the Prince George Kodiaks,” Grandpa Bob said in an email. “Evan brings with him a strong family background in the sport, with his father Terry active in hockey and coaching and his older brother Graeme a Canadian Junior Hockey League player.”

Evan grew up in Winnipeg and began his sports career in hockey at the age of five. He also played many other sports in school, but when he discovered football during his senior year of high school, he knew he had found his sport.

“Everything changed for me when I discovered football,” Evan said. “It’s the sport I want to take seriously and when I heard about the Kodiaks in Prince George everything seemed good at the time and my family and I decided that was where I was going. This year.”

Evan said football gave him the opportunity to express how he felt.

“In football there are no penalties for being aggressive,” said Evan who is 6’4″ and weighs 265 pounds. “In other sports it can be a disadvantage and it comes with many penalties, but playing football I can drop everything on the pitch.”

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In the next home game, Evan will be back on the healthy roster after being briefly sidelined by injury in the Kodiaks’ first away game on July 23 in Chilliwack against the Valley Huskers. . The Kodiaks were defeated 31-5.

The Kodiaks are promoting their first home game with a Friday night rally at the Hart Community Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and there’s pregame fun Saturday also at Masich Place Stadium before the game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Grandpa Bob thought it was important to speak to Evan’s character and shared this story.

“Evan is always caring for others in need and this was first noticed in elementary school when he challenged an older schoolyard bully who was bothering other students during recess,” remembers Grandpa Bob, who is a retired police sergeant. “Evan was disciplined for getting involved, but I can’t tell you how proud I was of him that day.”

So what’s next for Evan and his football career?

Evan said he would return to Winnipeg after the 10-game season in Prince George.

“I know other players are planning to stay and move to Prince George so they can stay and play with the team, but I will be returning to Winnipeg,” Evan said. “But as long as I’m in this team, I’ll give 100 per cent.”

Evan said he knew his teammates would do the same in Saturday’s game and that’s something Grandpa Bob backed up with those words.

“Evan’s stature and personality and his love of the sport have always been his strongest attributes,” said Grandpa Bob. “He’s always been a team player who gives his all for his teammates and friends and as a 6’4” 265lb player we know he will contribute 100% every game. The family misses him while he is in BC with his foster family, but we will be watching the team’s performance avidly. Go get them Kodiaks.

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For more information on the Prince George Kodiaks, visit https://www.facebook.com/pgkodiaks/.

For tickets to the game, visit Prince George Kodiaks Football Team Tickets.

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