Fill­ing a gap

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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.

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