MARQUETTE — Royales head coach Jim Stanaway suited up for the Fox Cities Ice Dogs on Saturday as they faced the Iron Rangers. Stanaway has been a part of the team since 2007, but his time with team dwindled as he became more involved with the Royales. This weekend’s game was about just having fun with some old pals.
“When I lived out in Appleton, Wisconsin for a bunch of years before I moved back up to Marquette, I played with these guys. If I played this season, it would be my ninth year doing it. I got a game earlier this season. A lot of my friends play on the team and they were coming up here so I thought it would be fun to hang out and see my buddies again,” Stanaway said.
Stanaway did not play in the game, as he is not on the current roster and just served as an emergency backup goalie. But it was a nice chance for him to be a part of a game that means so much to him and the local area.
“It’s part of the culture around here. I grew up with it. I think a lot of guys grew up with hockey around here. I’ve been fortunate enough to find a way to make a living with it, between coaching and my goalie schools and other things. I’ve been very fortunate to do that and still be able to play competitively every once in a while. I don’t know how many guys get the opportunities that I have. I feel fortunate to be able to do what I do with it,” said Stanaway.
As for the game, it was Fox Cities over Marquette 6 to 1.