LLOYDMINSTER – Everyone is welcome to check out the new look for Initiation hockey in Alberta this weekend in Lloydminster.
Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association (LMHA) is hosting two days of special events to demonstrate the new guidelines, goals and expectations for the Initiation Program (players aged six years and under).
On Friday evening, a “hot stove session” features experienced coaches, and Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta representatives discussing Initiation Program guidelines and Long Term Player Development (LTPD). The session is open to all coaches, parents and members of the public interested in learning more about these significant topics. The hot stove session will be held at the Days Inn, 5411-44 Street in Lloydminster, starting at 7 pm.
On Saturday, action shifts to the Servus Sports Centre, located at 5202-12 Street. Initiation and Novice division players will be the focus of attention during “Shrink the Rink”, a day filled with cross-ice games, as well as interactive games, and a public information session. All events during the day are designed to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of Initiation guidelines and LTPD.
On-ice action will be held in the Rusway Arena, starting with opening ceremonies at 8:30 am, and games running from 9 am to 5 pm. The off-ice interactive games will be held from 11 am to 3 pm in the Synergy Credit Union Field House. The public forum will be held in the OTS room from 1:30-2:30 pm. There will also be Hockey Alberta and Bauer information booths open throughout the day.
Hockey Alberta announced new guidelines for the Initiation Program in April. The guidelines are based on Hockey Canada’s LTPD model. The goal is to ensure that players have fun, and that the first impression of hockey is a positive one for all players and parents. The guidelines, along with information for instructors and parents, can be reviewed and downloaded from the Players section of the Hockey Alberta website.
For more information, contact:
Darrell Wagner, General Manager,
Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association