Barry Prefontaine 1948-2008
Barry Prefontaine made significant contributions to Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey over the years. Naturally, having three boys playing hockey in Wetaskiwin would afford him the opportunity to do just that. Barry was quite involved with all of the teams that Mark, Brad and Paul played on. This included taking on manager roles, equipment manager roles, fundraising, organizing tournaments (including multiple provincial tournaments in Wetaskiwin), as well as making sure that any one that needed a ride to an out of town game, had one. However, Barry was likely best known for his passion for announcing games. His face could often be seen at the boys' games with a microphone in front of it announcing roughing penalties in his own unique way, and his boys took a lot of roughing penalties.
It should be noted that Barry's contributions to Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey were not limited to just his boys' teams. Firmly believing that the kids playing minor hockey should have something to look up to, Barry chaired or assisted in organizing many events such as Wetaskiwin's role in the International Midget Tournament in the early 80's, getting World Junior exhibition games in Wetaskiwin, having Wetaskiwin host Viking Cup games, and the list goes on. One of Barry's prouder accomplishments and contributions to hockey has provided many Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey players to continue playing hockey in Wetaskiwin past minor hockey. As the Wetaskiwin Icemen's first President, Barry help bring Junior B hockey to Wetaskiwin, giving minor hockey players a continued chance to play and opportunity to watch and learn from higher calibre hockey.
Barry's legacy is made up of many things. Both he and Lynn's great commitment (and sacrifices) to Mark, Brad and Paul's minor hockey careers were obvious. However, Barry's passion to contribute to the greater good of minor hockey lives on as both Mark and Brad are heavily involved in their sons' minor hockey careers (each have served as Presidents of Ponoka Minor Hockey and Wetaskiwn Minor Hockey respectively). And, now we are confident that Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey can look forward to contributions from Paul as his son Titan will most likely be skating up and down the ice in the next few years.