Youngsters set to gain fresh instruction on the rink

Youth hockey in the Cayman Islands has a new schedule of events. 

The fall season for the youth roller hockey league at Kings Sports Center has two options for the 8 and under, 10 and under and 12 and under age groups.  

The first option will be one practice and one game per week. The second option will have an additional skills session each week. The idea is to allow flexibility to children who have other commitments outside hockey. 

In addition, Friday nights will see a game each week for the 12 and under and 14 and under divisions. The rink will have an open skate session for the Learn-To-Skate and the 6 and under programs. Drop-in sessions for 14 and under players will take place on Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with adults and those above age 14 able to play on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

The changes are the brainchild of Evan Ellbogen, the new sports director at Kings, who brings plenty of experience in hockey. Ellbogen said that in the coming months youth inline hockey will offer more games and practices for the 15 and under age group. 

Ellbogen said the changes are for the betterment of local children. 

“The youth program consists of players 3-14 years old, who enjoy playing a fast-paced team sport,” Ellbogen said. “Hockey is a great way for a child to get in shape, make new friends and learn life-long skills. A revitalized Learn-To-Skate hockey program will teach the basic skills needed to gain the edge in hockey. With after-school practices and weekend games, it should be an exciting season under my coaching.” 


Volunteer coaches are encouraged to get involved. For more information, email [email protected] 


Budding hockey stars will have more chances for glory on the rink. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES