When the Winnipeg Saints relocated to Virden in 2012, it was a homecoming of sorts for Kolby Woods.
Both of the Winnipeg product’s parents - Elan and Kevin Woods – are from Virden. During the inaugural Virden Oil Capitals season, Woods billeted with his grandparents, Jack and the late Betty Day. He has great memories of his time with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League team.
“What I remember most is how well we were treated in town,” Woods said. “I lived with my grandparents, so it was a good experience for me and a fairly easy transition. All the other billets and members of the Virden community were supportive and friendly. When it came to game time, the stands were full every night for us.”
During that first season, Woods, a forward, tallied 17 goals and 30 points in 60 games with 20 penalty minutes. He received the Oil Caps’ Most Sportsmanlike award. After 22 games the following season, Woods was swapped to Selkirk. He finished out that campaign with the Steelers and played the next one there as well to wrap up his four-year junior career.
Woods earned an agribusiness degree at the University of Manitoba. Living in Winnipeg, he continues to play hockey – for the Red River Wild of the Carillon Senior Hockey League. He works as a key accounts manager for Horizon Livestock and Poultry Supply.
“I have been given accounts to build and generate more business,” Woods said. “I really enjoy the company I work for and the challenge in generating more business. Everyday is different and each account has to be approached different allowing one week to be unlike the other.”