The real hockeyville

Dave Mathieson
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PRINGHILL: Ball hockey fever has gripped Cumberland County and there's only one cure - more ball hockey.
The epidemic reaches massive proportions every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
"It's awesome the number of kids who have come out to play," Coordinator Steve Skidmore said. "We have kids coming from as far away as Advocate, Westchester and Parrsboro."
Skidmore, who is a coordinator along with Judy Rector, said the league is filled to capacity with 150 kids.
"On a Wednesday night we'll have 150 kids come out to play ball hockey and another 30 kids going to the Teen Centre. That's a lot of kids coming through here in one night," Skidmore added.
Monday's and Tuesday's sees three hours of ball hockey with the number jumping to four hours on Wednesday's.
There are four 7-9 year old division teams and six 10-12 year-old division team with fifteen players on each team.
Now ball hockey fever is spreading to older youth.
The Teen centre at the Springhill community centre will be cranking out a ball hockey league of their own beginning May 15.
Players in grade 7-12 and will play Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.
Hockey helmets are mandatory.
Anybody attending ball hockey games may have noticed the smell of hot dogs wafting throughout the arena. The Teen Centre sells those hot dogs with all proceeds going back into the Teen Centre.

Organizations: Teen Centre

Geographic location: Springhill, Cumberland County, Westchester Parrsboro

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