No mi­nor un­der­tak­ing

Western Kings one of three teams in new pro­vin­cial mi­nor mid­get pro­gram

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WESTERN STAR dkearsey@thewest­ern­ Twitter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Pro­vin­cial mi­nor mid­get hockey cir­cuit look­ing to get started

Ev­ery player who wants to play hockey at a com­pet­i­tive level should have a chance to do so.

That’s the the­ory coach Jamie Brake used when he ap­proached

Hockey New­found­land and Labrador with a pro­posal for a pro­vin­cial mi­nor mid­get hockey league pro­gram back in the spring.

Brake, who lives in Mead­ows, is happy to be the head coach for the Western Kings en­try in the three-team mi­nor mid­get setup that also fea­tures teams from Cen­tral and Tri-Pen.

The league will fea­ture the three tour­na­ments play­ing host to a tour­na­ment in their own back­yard be­fore the sea­son wraps up with the World Finest pro­vin­cial mi­nor mid­get year-end tour­na­ment in Glover­town. This is an op­por­tu­nity for more play­ers on the west coast to play more hockey be­cause last year there was only the pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment for them to play in and now there’s four.

“This gives good, skilled play­ers an op­por­tu­nity to play at a higher level on the pro­vin­cial scene,” Brake said Wed­nes­day.

Brake be­lieves there are a lot of good hockey play­ers on the west coast who couldn’t crack the ros­ter for the Den­nis GM Western Kings of the pro­vin­cial ma­jor mid­get hockey league so this is an av­enue for them to pick up a game of com­pet­i­tive hockey that they wouldn’t have been able to do be­fore this sea­son.

It will get more play­ers en­gaged in com­pet­i­tive hockey which makes him happy, but he also be­lieves the new setup can serve as a feeder sys­tem for the ma­jor mid­get team so it’s def­i­nitely worth forg­ing ahead.

While he said some play­ers may not be ready for the big jump to ma­jor mid­get when they grad­u­ate from the ban­tam ranks, he said he be­lieves time spent with the mi­nor mid­get pro­gram can im­prove their stock in time and maybe give them a shot at mak­ing the team the fol­low­ing sea­son.

Open try­outs are planned for this week­end and Brake ex­pects he will have some tough de­ci­sions to make when form­ing the ros­ter be­cause there are al­ready 30 play­ers reg­is­tered and more are ex­pected to come on board be­fore the week­end.

Any­body in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing for the try­outs can call Mor­gan An­der­son at 458-7236 or email mor­­der­son12@ hot­


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