Youngsters sharpen their skates

Youth roller hockey players recently got a chance to improve their skills.

Not all of the Kings Sports Centre Youth Roller Hockey League players took a break over Easter. With the Kings travel teams practicing and the Kings Easter hockey camp in full gear, there was lots of hockey played over the break.

A youth roller hockey camp was held over four days and had several top local hockey players instructing and demonstrating skills and working with the youngsters. Leading the camp was the new Kings youth roller hockey director Daryn Lansdell and his staff of Jagger Hope, Josiah Derksen, Tynan Klein, Jean-Loius Beaudet and Dylan Bostock. The coaching staff, who are themselves youth hockey stars, impressed the participants with their stick-handling, speed on skates and their powerful shooting accuracy.

The camp came at a perfect time. The season is half over and the players are getting geared up for the final push towards the playoffs. Practice sessions were back on this past week and the energy was back at the rink at Kings. With four teams in the Novice Division (seven and eight year-olds) in the Mourant Ozannes Marksmen, Deloitte Wild, PWC Lightning and the Dart Ducks, the last half of the season will determine the placement in the playoffs.

In the Atom division (nine and 10 year-olds) the players are really starting to understand the basics of the game. Passing, playing defence and goal-tending have become very important to compete in the league. The Walkers Blue Iguanas, WestStar Wild, Maples FS Jets and the Ernst and Young Eagles are all showing their experience and playing like they know what they are doing.

The Pee Wee division (11-13 year-olds) is now a six-team affair with the Conyers, Dill and Pearman Canucks, CDS-IBM Flyers, Appleby Sharks, Stuarts Panthers, KPMG Senators and the Vampt Oilers. This is the age where the boys become young men and play a fast and aggressive quality game. Most of the players have been playing for several years and the experience shows in every aspect of their games. Sharp passing, great goal-tending, hardworking defensive plays and breakaway speed.

The games are very fast paced and the public is welcome to come out to Kings and watch some exciting, high-scoring entertainment on Saturdays, all day from 7:45am in the morning to 4:40pm in the afternoon until the end of May.

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