PLACENTIA, NL — Students at Laval High School in Placentia now have the opportunity to hit the ice during lunchtime.
Michael Gambin and John Douglas recently partnered with Gord Pike, Placentia’s recreation director, to arrange for some ice time for junior high students to participate in a hockey tournament, which will run until the school’s Christmas break.
“The idea came from John Douglas and I as a way to get junior high students involved in some sort of activity, and we thought this would be a bit of fun,” said Gambin.
Lunchtime shinny hockey will cost students a small fee of $2 once registered with Douglas, and welcomes any students who wish to join as long as they bring a helmet with a mask, skates, gloves and a stick.
The games will take place on half the ice with no goalies, giving students who usually play in the net an opportunity to skate more with the puck.
Gambin explained to the Compass that the focus of the games is fun, with the ultimate goal of making shinny hockey available on a regular basis.
“They don't have to be in minor hockey and it is 100 per cent co-ed. The main focus is fun and fitness,” said Gambin.
The first game was held on Friday afternoon, Nov. 3. Future games will be held at the same time, during lunch break from 12:05 to 12:40 p.m.