Girls attend Springdale camp

William Clarke
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As minor hockey registrations wrapped up in preparation for a busy season, female players spent Nov. 16 in Springdale to hone their skills and make new friends.

Put together by Wayne Clarke and featuring instruction from Hockey Canada regional rep, Nick Jansen, the camp was designed for recreational players.

Pink was the colour of the day as young women from throughout the region participated in a Hockey Canada female skills development camp on Nov. 16.

SPRINGDALE - - As minor hockey registrations wrapped up in preparation for a busy season, female players spent Nov. 16 in Springdale to hone their skills and make new friends.

Put together by Wayne Clarke and featuring instruction from Hockey Canada regional rep, Nick Jansen, the camp was designed for recreational players.

"Hockey Canada does about 100 of these across the country," said Mr. Clarke. "The Atlantic region does about 20 a year."

The national program began in 1997 and has thrived along with the popularity of women's hockey. Canada's performances on the world stage haven't hurt interest either. Mr. Clarke's daughter, Abigail, recently returned from the Atlantic Challenge Cup in New Brunswick as one of the young players targeted as a high-performance athlete.

The camps are held to develop fundamental skills of hockey like skating, passing, stick handling and shooting. Because the focus is on the individual and not teams, they foster an environment where players can meet and develop friendships without competing. That promotes the purely fun aspects of the game.

"We were lucky to be selected because we've got a big following here for female hockey," said Mr. Clarke.

"The Springdale District Minor Hockey Association is sporting three female hockey teams this season from about 95 total registrants.

Mr. Clarke said the camp was organized over the last few months, with females attending from St. Anthony all of the way through to Glovertown.

The camp cost $60.

AAA comes to region

A new AAA pilot project kicks off in Springdale Nov. 29. Bantam players take to the ice in a match featuring the Central IcePak against Western.

Times are 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Come out to show your support!

Organizations: AAA, Springdale District Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: Springdale, Canada, New Brunswick St. Anthony Glovertown

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