Filling a gap
hockey,” says Clarke.
Players born in 2002 are eligible, with each team able to accept four 2001 players. Clarke hopes the new league — covering ages between bantam and major midget — will encourage kids to continue playing hockey.
In addition to developing hockey skills, the league will emphasize proper nutrition, athletic trainers, support from athletic therapists and medical staff, and mandatory community volunteerism.
“We really want it to be a hockey program, not just a team,” says Clarke.
On May 28, the first identification camp for the Valley team will be held at the BMO Centre in Hammonds Plains. There will be an information session, onice and dryland sessions and a coach-led “chalk-talk” session. Snacks will be provided for all players in attendance, as well as a Valley Wildcats t-shirt. The cost to participate is $80.