Initiation Program first game a hit . . .

We hope you love this photograph. Because catching these speedy little people in a pose is a test of one's ability to stand up, squat down, half-way, up again, nope down more. We're getting a little long in the tooth for a lot of things, but on this occasion we were being tested. And we can just see this pair laughing their heads off about it. Each time we'd move the camera to get in on their faces (the photo was for Grandma Donelda after all) they'd bend down lower. When I asked that they stand up a little more, they leaned into their sticks so they were closer to the camera, telling me this is how hockey players do it, but lower again. We came very near laying on the ice to get this photo of Jake and Jager.

 

Sunday, Jan 6th - The largest gathering of hockey fans of the season barely held their seats amid the excitement of  South Dundas Minor Hockey Association's Initiation Program first series of games on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. Those new to the game and those seasoned 2nd-year veterans put on a show of skill, speed, falling, stick-handling, sliding, crashing, crying, tripping, second attempts and most of the rest of the over-all mastery of the game. And parents stood along the boards and dreamed . . . ya just never know.

        What we do know is that the local Minor Hockey Association (yes, you're correct, all those volunteers), spends considerable hours investing in this multi-year introduction to the game and the results are so obvious at so many levels. Come out and see the Lion's Atom or Novice teams. The talent level is simply hard to believe, as are their opponents from neighboring communities who enter like programs within their own hockey associations. And the skating ability at such a young age is near incomprehensible.

        On the February 23rd weekend the local Minor Hockey group is staging Lion's Day. Soon a schedule will be released and there will be a full day of hockey at all levels to enjoy, along with many additional entertainment draws. This is the time to come out and see the game. It's the time to come out and support the organization. And it's the time ante up a little pay back to the volunteers for the work they do. All they want is to see your face attend this event and cheer on the kids.

        And when you do see these little people scooting up and down the ice, smiles like a quarter-cut watermelons on their kissers, you'll be looking at and cheering on the next round of volunteers who will eventually step in to keep our community the vibrant, family locale that it is.

        Stay posted for the Lion's Day news and events. In the meantime, enjoy the photos . . .

And, of course, following all games there must be the mandatory handshake, and that of course will be right after I spot my Mom in the crowd for a wave . . .