A gymnasium full of students were introduced to the Try Hockey program Monday morning in Brampton.
The aim of the program is to grow hockey through social inclusion by breaking downs any barriers to the sport that may exist. New players got their first taste of hockey in a quick, fun program at a basic, fundamental skill level.
The Ontario-based program came as a result of the 2015 World Junior Championship Legacy Fund. A large part of the revenue earned during the tournament was put back into the minor hockey community, one of the examples being the Try Hockey program.
“The OMHA is proud to partner with Hockey Canada and the OHF to host introductory programs with our local minor hockey associations. We do our best to support any initiatives that help introduce kids to the great sport of hockey,” said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor.
Try Hockey is a two-part program that spans over two days. The first part is a floorball activity in schools followed by an invitation to try skating on the ice over the weekend. For many of the participants this could be the first time they have laced up skates and the welcoming environment encourages positive participation.
Floorball is a fast and exciting game that uses fluid gameplay and limited contact to stress the importance of safety and sportsmanship. The rules are designed to reduce the chance of injury without decreasing the speed or skill of the game and is a great introduction to the concept and rules of hockey.
Future Try Hockey programs will take place in Hamilton and Markham in the upcoming weeks.
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