September 13, 1985 to July 27, 2004  ALWAYS IN OUR MEMORY

“Oldies” Team

· Coach Dick Raffety, Works at Berkner Plumbing in Ortonville

1. Steve Raffety (Goalie), Played 1994-2001, Construction worker in Twin Cities area

2. Brian Shelstad, Played 1994-2003, Dairy Farming

3. Jimmy Laub, Played 1994-2003, Volmer Construction in Ortonville

4. Luke Backstrand, Played 1994-2002, Detroit Lakes College-Civil Engineering

5. Cody Backstrand, Played 1994-2003, Frame Technician at Pro Auto in Ortonville

6. Brian Benck, Played 1995-2000, Alexandria Vo-Tech-Law Enforcement

7. Jason Oakes, Played 1994-2002, Augustana College in Sioux Falls

8. Nick Thymian, Played 1994-2002, St Cloud Tech-Sales Management

9. Brent Hanratty, Played 1994-2002, Landscaper in St. Cloud, MN

10. Josh Zahn, Played 1996-2002, Coached 2002-2003, Gesswein Motors in Milbank, SD

11. Nick Anderson, Coached Mites since 2001, Big Stone County Engineer

12. Brian Valek, Coach Squirts 2004, Computer Geek

13. Stacy Homan, Played 1995, Asst Coach 2005, Hasslen Construction in Ortonville

14. Erik Brudvig, New Player, Carpenter for Graceville Cabinets

15. Paul Tinklenberg, Coach 1994-2002, Works Dunnink Construction-Willmar, MN

Zach’s Team

· Coach Bob Johnson, Mascot 2003-2004, NDSCS, Wahpeton, ND-Electrical Technology

1. Josh Benck, Played 1994-2004, currently employed at the Big Stone Cheese Factory

2. Cody Haukos, Played 1994-2004, Attending school at NDSCS, Wahpeton for Auto Body Repair

3. Tom Bailey, Played 2003-2004, Senior at Ortonville High School

4. Luke Kafka, Played 2003-2004, Zach’s brother, Sophomore at Ortonville High School

5. Nate Raffety, Played 1994-2004, Working construction in the Twin Cities area

6. Kyle Arndt, Played 1997-2004, Sophomore at Ortonville High School

7. Nick Stolpman, Played 2002-2004, University of Minnesota, Business

8. Curtis Nelson (Goalie), Attended Goalie Camps w/Zach, Freshman at Kasson Mantorville HS.

9. Kole Arndt, Played 1997-2004, Working in Prosthetics Manufacturing in Twin Cities

10. Corey Tollefson, Played 2003-2004, Attending AFLBS College in Plymouth, MN

11. Jon Karels, Played 2003-2004, St. Cloud Tech-Micro Computer Programming

12. Dan Roe, Played 1997-2004, Moorhead Tech-Culinary Arts

13. Christina Shelstad, Played 1994-2003, 8th Grade Ortonville Schools

14. Rebecca Hillman, Played 1997-1999, Student at Ortonville School

15. Kyle Taylor, Played 1994-2004, Working at Ortonville Independent

16. Dalton DeWitt, Age 12, 7th grade at Ortonville Schools (was a student in 6th grade class last year that Zach was doing some student mentoring/teaching)

It was a GREAT day for hockey and a packed house of fans got to “see it all”

                 A crowd of over 200 people got to see Big Stone Lake Area hockey at it’s finest on Saturday in Morris for the Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey Day. The bleachers were full, both teams had a full bench of players, coaching was animated, outstanding goaltending, plenty of scoring, a 5-man shoot out, a game that ended in a tie and settled when Jimmie Laub scored the winning goal for the “Oldies” Team in sudden death overtime.

                 The Memorial Game got underway following a memorial dedication to Zach. Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Assn Board Members presented Zach’s actual game jersey encased in a glass front, 3’x3’ oak frame to Zach’s family members. They proclaimed; “On this date, March 12, 2005, and in his memory, Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Association is officially retiring his jersey, #28. Which will forever be remembered as “Zach’s jersey.”

                 The game presented goalies, Steve Raffety in the net for the “Oldies” and High School Freshman Curtis Nelson from Kasson, MN in the net for “Zach Team”. In the end the “Oldies” came out on top with a score of 9-8. Scoring for the “Oldies” Team were, Brian Shelstad with 4 goals, including one goal in the shoot-out,  Paul Tinklenberg with 1 goal and an assist, Stacy Homan, Jason Oakes, Nick Thymian, all with one goal and Jimmie Laub scoring the game winning goal in sudden death overtime. For Zach Team, Josh Benck had a hand in every goal scored during regulation play. Josh scored a Hat Trick (3 goals) and had 4 assists. Nick Stolpman scored 1 goal and 2 assists. Cody Haukos scored 1 goal and 2 assists, Nate Raffety scored 2 goals, and Kole Arndt scored the only goal in the shoot-out for Zach’s Team.

                 The Kafka family would like to express their deep appreciation for the support that was shown and the interest in the game. Without the help of the Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Assn and the Morris Area Hockey Assn this day would not have become a realty. Thank you to Bonnie Sue Stolpman for singing the National Anthem, John Stolpman for announcing the game and keeping the game stats, Gene Benck for running the game clock and music, Patty Haukos for taping the game, Sue Stolpman for registering players and accepting donations at the door, and Alex Sandhurst (Zach’s Cousin) for his help during the pre-game ceremonies.  Thanks to both the Mites and Mini-Mites form Big Stone and Morris for providing our pre-game warm up. And a special thank you to the fans who came out to support Zach’s Dream and enjoy an outstanding day of hockey. Nearly $2,000 was raised for the Zach Kafka Memorial Scholarship fund.

                 Just a reminder that donations will continue to be taken at the First English Lutheran Church and the all scholarship applicants can request an application from the church or by contacting Dan Kafka via e-mail at Dan

Check the website for more details at “Remember Zach in the Net”