Youngsters are lacing up their skates again in Cayman.
The 2013 season of the national youth roller hockey league is under way at Kings Sports Centre. Games began in mid-January and take place on Saturdays.
Kings official Andre Morgan said the contests have been entertaining.
“Our first weekend of hockey games had a total of six games being played, a learn to skate programme and a 6-and-under hockey group, sponsored by Conyers Dill and Pearman, training and playing,” Morgan said. “Being the first official games for the kids since the hockey break last November, the kids performed awesome, displaying great effort, good skills and a true passion for hockey.
“Last Saturday’s hockey games were exciting,” he added. “The first period of each game started out looking like it would be a close match-up. By the time we were half way through the second period, we could tell who the winning team would be. A few key players were missing from the 10-and-under division, this contributed to the results of those games.
“No one thought that last Saturday would have ended the way it did,” Morgan said. “Let’s see what next Saturday has in store for us.”
The league is split up into three main age divisions – Squirts 13-Under, Mites 10-Under and Atoms 8-Under. There is also a Tykes 6-Under practice group and a learn to skate programme.
Ethan Finlason is one of the players to watch in the Squirts division with nine goals. As a result, his Jets are 2-0 after an 8-2 victory over the Penguins and a 7-3 win over the KPMG Senators. He has help from Kai Robinson-Allard (two goals, five assists) and Noah Booker (two goals, one assist).
In the Atoms category, there are two unbeaten teams in the Deloitte Hurricanes and the Lightning. Deloitte defeated the Dart Ducks 16-11 last weekend after crushing the Mourant Marksmen 18-7 in the opener. Leading the Hurricanes is Andrew Hastings, with nine goals. The Lightning beat Mourant 14-4 and clipped Dart 6-4 in the opener. Jaxon Cover has been the star with six goals and one assist.
In the Mites category, the Ecay Traders are standing tall at 2-0. After a 10-9 win over the Ernst and Young Rangers in the opener, the Traders smashed the PwC Jets 20-1. Jabari Waldron has a league-high 16 goals.
Finlason and company recently competed in the third annual Cayman Hockey Fights Cancer youth street hockey tournament. Put on by the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club, the event raised about $10,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.