Laval stu­dents en­joy lunchtime hockey

Lunchtime shinny ac­tion on­go­ing un­til Christ­mas break

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Stu­dents at Laval High School in Pla­cen­tia now have the op­por­tu­nity to hit the ice dur­ing lunchtime.

Michael Gam­bin and John Dou­glas re­cently part­nered with Gord Pike, Pla­cen­tia’s recre­ation di­rec­tor, to ar­range for some ice time for ju­nior high stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in a hockey tour­na­ment, which will run un­til the school’s Christ­mas break.

“The idea came from John Dou­glas and I as a way to get ju­nior high stu­dents in­volved in some sort of ac­tiv­ity, and we thought this would be a bit of fun,” said Gam­bin.

Lunchtime shinny hockey will cost stu­dents a small fee of $2 once reg­is­tered with Dou­glas, and wel­comes any stu­dents who wish to join as long as they bring a hel­met with a mask, skates, gloves and a stick.

The games will take place on half the ice with no goalies, giv­ing stu­dents who usu­ally play in the net an op­por­tu­nity to skate more with the puck.

Gam­bin ex­plained to the Com­pass that the fo­cus of the games is fun, with the ul­ti­mate goal of mak­ing shinny hockey avail­able on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“They don’t have to be in mi­nor hockey and it is 100 per cent co-ed. The main fo­cus is fun and fit­ness,” said Gam­bin.

The first game was held on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Nov. 3. Fu­ture games will be held at the same time, dur­ing lunch break from 12:05 to 12:40 p.m.

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Stu­dents at Laval en­joyed the first ses­sion of Shinny Hockey on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Nov. 3.

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