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McTighe plays in Heritage league’s all-star game

Michael McTighe didn’t expect to be on the ice Sunday at the Medicine Hat Kinplex.
But when the call came to represent the High River Flyers at the Heritage Junior Hockey League all-star game, the 20-year-old Fort Macleod man jumped at the chance.
“It means a lot being asked,” McTighe said. “Being recognized by the league means a lot and being able to represent your team and league is special, and it just shows that the work I’ve put in is being recognized.”

Michael McTighe, a forward with the High River Flyers, played in Sunday’s Heritage Junior Hockey League all-star game at Medicine Hat.

The Flyers had tapped leading scorer Jacob Jeffries to represent them but when he wasn’t able to attend it fell to the Fort Macleod Minor Hockey product to suit up.
McTighe, a versatile forward, joined defenceman Liam Thiessen as High River’s representatives at the all-star game.
They joined players from the Cochrane Generals, Lomond Lakers, Strathmore Wheatland Kings, Okotoks Bisons, Coaldale Copperheads and Medicine Hat Cubs on the south division team.
They faced off against the north all-star team made up of players from Rocky Mountain House Rams, Mountainview Colts, Ponoka Stampeders, Airdrie Thunder, Stettler Lightning and Sylvan Lake Wranglers.
“It was a lot of fun,” McTighe said. “Guys worked hard but obviously we were just trying to have fun. You have to take it seriously mainly because of your ego — you don’t want to get shown up.”
McTighe, who leads the Flyers with 15 goals, centered a line with Chandler Aleman of Medicine Hat and Tyler Alger of Okotoks.
That trio helped the south team to a 5-2 victory over the north.
“Guys work hard,” McTighe said of the all-star game. “It’s not the same intensity as a real game, but guys still work hard trying to put on a show.”
“Guys will try stuff they wouldn’t normally try, but they still work hard because you want to win every time you play.”
McTighe has 15 assists to go along with his 15 goals and 45 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games.
The Flyers have a record of 11-16-3 and are in fifth place in the seven-team south division with eight games remaining.
High River sent defenceman Sean Burns of Claresholm and forward Jake Snashall of Calgary to the league’s Top Prospects game Sunday at Medicine Hat.

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