Bor­der Hockey starts soon

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion games be­gin next month at the Pat Burns Arena, in Stanstead, and about sixty chil­dren have reg­is­tered, so far, to play. The re­sults of in­for­mal polling done at the two lo­cal el­e­men­tary schools sev­eral months ago showed that a lot more than sixty chil­dren would like to play hockey.

“Yes, it’s ex­pen­sive to reg­is­ter and buy all the equip­ment for hockey, but we re­ally try to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple,” said Emily John­ston, one of the As­so­ci­a­tion’s di­rec­tors. “Par­ents can set up a pay­ment plan to pay for the regis­tra­tion fee.” She also spoke about other pro­grams avail­able to help par­ents with hockey ex­penses such as the As­so­ci­a­tion’s own “Spon­sor a child” pro­gram and the Cana­dian Tire Jump Start pro­gram. This hockey club also pro­vides sec­ond hand equip­ment to play­ers just start­ing out in the game, free of charge.

“New play­ers are al­ways wel­come and there are still many places avail­able,” added Ms. John­ston. The league is also look­ing for coaches and ref­er­ees.

There are still some tick­ets avail­able for Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey’s an­nual golf tour­na­ment which raises money to buy the valu­able ice time for the young skaters, aged four to fif­teen. The tour­na­ment will be held on Au­gust 17th at the New­port Coun­try Club.

A fundrais­ing dance on Septem­ber 14th is sure to raise some much-needed money to help keep the kids skat­ing: Dany Flan­ders will pro­vide the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

Any­one who would like more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­grams to help ease the cost of reg­is­ter­ing and out­fit­ting their child to play hockey, or to reg­is­ter for the golf tour­na­ment, can call ei­ther Ms. John­ston at 819 876-2117 or the Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey pres­i­dent

Dave Dubois at 819 876-7606.

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