This is the logo of the Jasper Wolves senior "AA" hockey team in Jasper, Alberta. The Wolves play in the North Central Hockey League in northern Alberta, playing teams like the Legal Vipers, Drayton Valley Wildcats, Fox Creek Bandits and the Slave Lake Winterhawks.
Long time readers of mine know how dear to my heart national parks, especially Jasper, are to me. People all around the world travel there to be amazed by nature. But not a lot of people are actually from there. The locals tend to be older transplants. There are not a lot of young families there.
So I guess it comes as no surprise that Jasper has not provided any significant names to the world of Hockey. Neighboring national park Banff (in the other Battle of Alberta) gave us Kevin and Ryan Smyth, while Garry Unger and Glen Sather are well known for their involvement in the community.
I was able to find only three players born in Jasper who made it to the NHL, albeit just for short stints in each case.
The former Medicine Hat Tigers standout continued in the minor leagues until 1985, though he missed an entire season with a scary eye injury.
Herbers was destined for a lengthy minor league career. But he did get into 22 games with the Oilers in 1993-94. He got into another 37 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and 6 more with the New York Islanders in 1999-2000. In all that time he picked up just 5 assists, 3 of them in his final 6 games.
Herbers continues to coach in the minor leagues.
An anonymous commenter provides more insight into the life of Brian Young:
I worked with Brian Young at Teck's Coal Mine near Cadomin called Cardinal River Coals. He was a heavy equipment operator who took the job after the town politics of Jasper forced him to close his guide business (how you can have a town council within a national park is beyond me but I digress).
Great guy, he told me one of his assists in the NHL was he was standing with the puck behind the net and Denis Savard skated by and took it up the ice and scored.
Brian lived in Jasper and drove out past Cadomin to work and home everyday.
Anyway, I bring these three gentlemen to your attention because for the next couple of weeks I will be heading to Jasper to hike, camp and relax.
In the mean time feel free to explore the vast archives here at GreatestHockeyLegends.com. I have approximately 2200 player profiles that should keep you busy while I'm gone!