Aberdeen Wings win first championship

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The Aberdeen Wings hockey team is back home after winning their first ever NAHL Hockey Championship.

The team was greeted by fans outside of the Odde Ice Arena today.

"Right from the get go it was always about the Robertson Cup, that was our one and only goal," said Matt Vernon, Wings Goaltender.

The excitement has been building for a while, but even after an incredible winning streak, the team stumbled.

Our biggest struggle came after our winning streak, we won 19 games, and then afterwards we were struggling to get two wins together," said Vernon.

Even during that tough stretch, the team, the fans, and the City of Aberdeen never gave up.

"I knew these guys had it, this is what they've been dreaming of since day one they got here, and we knew it, they had it," said Brent Danielson, Wings fan.

Fans showed their support all season long by packing the Odde Ice Center, but this team means more to the City of Aberdeen than just the game of hockey.

"There are nights when they have huge attendance there when Northern Basketball has 5,000 people at their game at the same time, so it's been an outstanding success story," said Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen.

"It's good for the community growth, it brings a lot of people out to the Odde, packing the stands," said Sara Gab, Wings fan.

Now that they've accomplished their goal, many of the players will move on to the next level of hockey, and they have set their sights high for the future.

"The NHL, it's a goal for all of us, every single one of us wants to play pro hockey," said Vernon.

Goaltender Matt Vernon, who played in the championship game, has committed to play next season at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs.