Rolling ahead at King’s

Cayman’s youth hockey programme
makes a welcome return this weekend at the King’s Sports Centre.

After a long summer break, one of
the coolest sports here for kids kicks back into gear as the little hockey
players hit the rink on Saturday. Still holding onto the excitement over last
spring’s end-of-season events, parents and players alike look forward to the
upcoming year filled with highlights along with some major programme improvements. 

The first of those upgrades comes
along the lines of a major sponsor change as Logic Communications takes over as
the title sponsor of the Youth Hockey League from WestTel. Interestingly, Logic
Communications is a branch of KeyTech and recently acquired 100 per cent
ownership of the WestTel Group.

Calvin Morton of KeyTech states his
company is happy to support local hockey. “One of the key messages we would
like to instil on behalf of KeyTech during this re-branding project is our absolute
support for Logic’s continued association with sports in the Cayman Islands. We
are delighted to continue our work with the Kings Sports Centre team
initiatives to better youth sports in Cayman.”

This season the league sees its
largest growth boost since its inception only three years ago. Currently
numbers point to 180 youths already signed up. In the Peewee division, the
programme’s oldest, the introduction of a fifth team was necessary to cater for
the influx. In addition the league has combined the two-season format into one
longer programme with the championship games planned at the end of the school
year. Teams will still play the same number of games, however with the new
format, there will be more opportunities for special events. This fall the
league will host a skills competition for all divisions, the NHL’s Chicago
Blackhawks youth training coaches are paying the league a visit in late November
and a parents’ volunteer booster squad will be formed to assist with enhancing
development of already popular events such as live-streaming championship games
and the popular Inter-School Game tournament.

Ray Singh, athletic director at
King’s Sports Centre, credited the two summer learn-to-skate programmes which
helped to develop an additional 30 hockey players for the league. “While the
beginner skate programme may generate new players, the league owes its
gratitude to the multitude of the corporate sponsors that assist us each
season,” Singh said. “In addition to the new title sponsor Logic Communications,
16 individual companies are to be thanked for their support this season:
Conyers, Dill and Pearman, CDS-IBM, Maples and Calder, Deloitte, Dart, dms
Management, Walkers, XN Financial, Animal House, Cedrus Investments, Eats Café,
WestStar, Appleby, KPMG, Vampt Motors and Stuarts, Walker Hersant.”  

One of last season’s highlights was
the introduction of the Cayman Islands King’s travel hockey team which made
their debut in an exhibition tournament held in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The
team’s performance earned them an invite to the ECHO Indoor Hockey Tournament in
Orlando. The Cayman Kings will be fielding two squads of 10 and under and 12U
players to participate in the event 8-11 October. 

The Logic Arena at King’s Sports
Centre will host the first series of ten regular season game-days this Saturday
8am-4pm. For more information visit the league web-site at www.csa.ky or email
[email protected]   

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