Mi­nor hockey by the num­bers

Nearly 800 en­rolled in Trin­ity-con­cep­tion re­gion

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

Mi­nor hockey con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar choice among young peo­ple in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion, with just un­der 800 young peo­ple reg­is­tered with as­so­ci­a­tions in Har­bour Grace, Bay Roberts and Whit­bourne.

“We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a con­tin­u­ous and steady in­crease in mem­bers,” said Pamela Whe­lan, reg­is­trar for Cee­Bees mi­nor in Har­bour Grace. “And we are pleased to say we are see­ing more fe­males play­ing di­vi­sional hockey.”

Cee­Bees mi­nor and Bay Arena mi­nor in Bay Roberts each have roughly 300 young peo­ple reg­is­tered for the 2012-13 sea­son. In Whit­bourne, just un­der 170 play­ers have en­rolled in Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia mi­nor, said long­time pres­i­dent Eric Clarke.

Bay Arena is on par with past years, while Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia is down about 25 play­ers.

“I fig­ure that num­ber will grow when all is said and done,” Clarke

“We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a con­tin­u­ous and steady in­crease in mem­ber­sAnd we are pleased to say we are see­ing more fe­males play­ing di­vi­sional hockey.” —Pamela Whe­lan, reg­is­trar, Cee­Bees mi­nor, Har­bour Grace

said re­cently.

Der­rick Neil, the reg­is­trar for Bay Arena mi­nor, said the num­bers for squirt, novice and atom are “very high.”

“We’re pleased given the dif­fer­ent num­ber of things kids can be in­volved in,” said Neil.

“It makes us feel good peo­ple are still stick­ing with hockey and they like it. We must be do­ing some­thing right.

“The goal from a board per­spec- tive is to pro­vide en­joy­ment for kids at all ages, and we’re do­ing our best to make that hap­pen.”

Neil is also pleased by a surge in fe­male reg­is­tra­tion. His daugh­ter, 16year-old Bri­anna, for ex­am­ple, started play­ing hockey for the first time this sea­son. Bri­anna has a strong back­ground in fig­ure skat­ing.

“She’s play­ing with the girls’ un­der-20 and she’s hav­ing a ball. It’s very un­usual to be­gin at that age when most are giv­ing it up,” he said.

As­so­ci­a­tions have also taken mea­sures to bol­ster the num­ber of goalies, and first-time play­ers continue to re­ceive a dis­count on their reg­is­tra­tion.

In Har­bour Grace, reg­is­tra­tion fees were in­creased in or­der to off­set a cor­re­spond­ing hike in in­sur­ance and ice rental costs.

Mean­while, the level of ac­tiv­ity is be­gin­ning to ramp up now that most teams have been se­lected and week­end tour­na­ments are be­ing staged throughout the re­gion.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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