February promises to offer more hockey action in Cayman.
Kings Sports Centre is playing host to three competitions this month, targeting all ages and ability levels. Tuesday nights play host to Cayman’s national inline hockey league.
The next pair of roller hockey games take place this Tuesday, 5 February. At 8pm, the Deloitte Sharks battle the Mepco High Rollers while the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames challenge the Burger King Gamebirds at 9pm. The 2013 season started last Tuesday with the early focus being on Deloitte, who emerged national champions for the first time last year.
Deloitte’s title came through sweeping the Flames in the Cherry Cup finals. Rob Rintoul was the Sharks’ top scorer while the Flames featured young prodigy Jean-Louis Beaudet.
Thursday nights play host to season 12 of the national ball hockey league, put on by the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association. The next matches in the 2012-2013 campaign are this Thursday, 7 February, as the Barracudas battle team Lone Star at 8pm with the Deloitte Devil Rays challenging the Sharks at 9pm.
Based on the last available league standings, Deloitte and the Barracudas have the early focus with both teams having 6-4-2 records. Leo Kassam of Deloitte was the star player with league-high eight goals and 14 points.
On Saturdays, the national youth roller hockey league takes place. Action for the 2013 season is being 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.
A number of star young talent is on display. Prior to last weekend, Ethan Finlason had nine goals for the Jets in the Squirts division, Andrew Hastings posted nine goals for the Deloitte Hurricanes in the Atoms category and Jabari Waldron notched a league-high 16 goals for the Ecay Traders in the Mites segment.