As reported earlier, it’s a lean year for minor hockey registrations in the upper age groups. The Slave Lake Minor Hockey Association will only be able to ice one team in both Bantam and Midget boys. That means that ‘try-outs’ this year will not be for who makes the ‘A’ team and who makes the ‘B’, but for who plays and who doesn’t.
Minor hockey president Jerod Hartman told The Leader last week tryouts for the Pee Wee and Atom ‘A’ teams were being finalized. Further ‘splitting’ of the remaining players will continue this week (he figures there will end up being three Pee Wee teams.
The other two age groups are Initiation and Novice. More players are being sought at the Initiation level (kids born in 2011 and 2012). Novice players (kids born 2009 and 2010) started skating last week, and they’ll be split into different teams this week and next.
The female Bantam/Midget team will begin pre-season play Sept. 30. Other teams should begin pre-season play the first week of October.
Assistant coach Dave LaFrance of the Midget Thunder boys’ team figures the squad will have 15 or 16 players this year, and likely compete in Tier III of the Northern Alberta Interlock League, with play beginning on Oct. 6.