Friday, 20 April 2018 06:50

Durovick still making mark in hockey world

Written by  Andrea Carol
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Randy Durovick stands with Meghan Doyle, Manager of Tim Hortons in Regina Randy Durovick stands with Meghan Doyle, Manager of Tim Hortons in Regina Contributed

During the 1975-76 hockey season, Randy Durovick graced us with his presence on the frozen stage of the Swift Current iPlex (formerly the Civic Centre) ice surface when he played in net for the Swift Current Broncos.

Nearly 58 years later, the former WHL goalie is still making his mark in the hockey world and beyond. Now a devoted grandfather of seven, Durovick built a mini NHL hockey rink in his grandkids’ backyard.
When he’s not with the grandkids, he is the Fundraising Coordinator for Juvenile Diabetes Associaton. Durovick, born and raised in Swift Current, now resides in Regina and is a season ticket holder for the Swift Current Broncos and makes regular trips down the #1 Highway for home games.
“I bought season tickets this year. They (the Broncos) made all those trades in January and they have a really good team this year and I got excited. I think everyone in the community is anticipating that they will have a really good play-off run and go quite far and hopefully all the way to the championship,” said Durovick.
“We want to support them the best we can.”
Durovick still has strong connections in Swift Current and believes, “Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco.”
The proud grandfather of seven wanted to make a rink for his grandchildren and that is just what he did. The mini-rink isn’t just for the grandchildren as their friends and teammates have all had some ice-time.
“We have four children and seven grandchildren in total here in Regina. They are all active in sports and their love is hockey,” said Durovick. “The grandkids had so much fun last year they were asking for another rink this year. So, in my leisure time, we got it fired up again.  Family and friends come over to play a little bit and it’s a lot of fun”.
Durovick works alongside Juvenile Diabetes Ambassador, #16 of the Humboldt Broncos, Kaleb Dalghren. Dalghren, a Type 1 Diabetic, was one of the players injured in the Humboldt tragedy earlier this month.
Durovick, with the help of his grandchildren, built a memorial to the Humboldt Broncos on their mini-NHL hockey rink with Dalghren in mind. Durovick’s grandchildren assisted the former Goalie in making a Bronco flag with cut out letters, “#PutYourSticksOut Humboldt Broncos” and put it on display in their mini-rink.
Canadians and people from across the world have come together in love and support for one common thread, “The Good ‘Ol Hockey Game”. As the nation honors the Humboldt Broncos, please show your support for the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Humboldt tragedy.  #PutYourSticksOut #SaskStrong

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