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3-on-3 hockey program to begin on Friday

(Left-right) Colin Brown and Cumberland County Ramblers Jayden Matheson, Madden Miller, Noah Harrison and Mason Bird get ready to play the Sackville Rangers at the Tantramar Civic Centre.

AMHERST - The game of hockey is considered by many Canada’s pastime. As hockey leagues across the country begin to wind down, players of the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association are looking for another activity to replace the season that just passed.

A solution – why not play more hockey?

That’s exactly the same thinking CCMHA development co-ordinator Colin Brown had when he decided to organize a 3-on-3 hockey program to begin in late March and continue through April.

“It’s an inexpensive way for kids who want to continue to play,” Brown said.

There are currently 65 youth registered for the program. Brown is hoping for 140 to fill five divisions, each consisting of four teams. The program will be offered for Timbit through to bantam-age players.

There will be no scorekeeping, no refs and the nets will be adjusted if there are no goalies. It’s just a fun organized event to keep the kids playing the game they love, he said.

“The program is basically organized pond hockey,” he said.

When hockey ends there’s a two or three month gap where sporting activities lack until summer when soccer, baseball and football pick up the pace again.

“It’s a great way to keep them active,” he said.

Parent Matt Chitty is encouraged to see his son, Graden, continue to play the sport he loves. The program is a great way for the players to improve on the fundamentals of hockey, he said.

“The 3-on-3 format will help players improve their stick handling and passing. It’s a great way to add to the skills.”

Chitty agrees with Brown saying the hockey program will keep the kids active and help bridge the gap between now and late spring when the other sports begin to start.

It’s also a perfect opportunity for youth interested in hockey who have never played in an organized setting and want to try it out, he said.

“It’s just a fun experience for the kids.”

Open registration will be held at the Amherst Stadium on Wednesday or online at ccmha.goalline.ca.

reporter@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Canada

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