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Nain hockey teams need a helping hand

Nain minor hockey players with coach William Flowers.
Nain minor hockey players with coach William Flowers. - Contributed

Coach hopeful equipment donations will equal more players

The community of Nain is looking for hockey equipment people are no longer using so more youth in the community can take to the ice.

“A lot more kids want to play but just don’t have the equipment,” coach William Flowers said during a recent phone interview.

Flowers said with the high cost of living in Nain, many parents can’t afford to go out and buy hockey equipment for their children.

He said while one year saw an enrollment of about 70 children and youth in minor hockey, so far this year about 40 players have registered to play.

More equipment will mean more players, he said.

Children as young as four can be involved in hockey.

In addition to the health benefits of being physically active, the coach said hockey is a great way to keep youth occupied.

“There’s not much to do in a small isolated community like Nain, so hockey is a great pastime,” he said.

Since posting to social media about the need for equipment, Flowers said he’s received donations from the community and from people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

He is grateful for each and every donation. Anyone with skates and/or other hockey equipment to donate can drop it off at the arena in Nain.

danette@nl.rogers.com

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