There was a great atmosphere this morning as crowds gathered to watch the bronze medal game for the Men’s 50+ Ice Hockey at Olympiaworld Innsbruck. The international team Thunder Bay Thunder took to the ice to battle for bronze position against the Mongolian team, Nomads Mongolia, in a fast and thrilling game.
Juanita Epp, wife of Walter Epp, founder of the Thunder Bay Thunder team told us that her husband, a fanatical ice hockey enthusiast and ambassador for the charitable organisation Hockey Without Borders. He first found a Finish goalkeeper and the team developed from there. The team is truly multi-national comprising members from Finland, Germany, Uzbekistan, Russia, Bulgaria and both English and French speaking Canada. As well as sporting the Canadian maple leaf flag on their tops, they also wear the flag of their home nation and Walter has all the flags on his hockey top. Sporting the number 66 shirt, at 72 years, he is their oldest player.
Ms Battungalag Gankhuurai, Mongolian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to Austria, was amongst the spectators cheering on the Nomads Mongolia. “Mongolia is well represented at the WWMG 2020, fielding 37 athletes in total, with ages from 33-78 years. This has been an incredible event” she commented. The country is proud to have won a silver medal in the 5,000m speed skating.
Despite a well-played and hard fought game, Thunder Bay Thunder were victorious scoring goal after goal ending in a resounding 10:2 victory.