Ball hockey league seeks Peninsula kids

Sport at Panorama Recreation Centre helps hockey players develop skill in the off season

Greater Victoria minor ball hockey is hoping to expand to the Peninsula this season.

“We’re just trying to create a club out at Panorama. We started the league in the city last year and created a club at West Shore and at Saanich,” said president Brian Castle. “Right now we have 14 kids signed up, but we need more.”

Kids aged five to 17 already play at Pearkes and Eagle Ridge recreation centres. They hope to have at least 40 kids playing at Panorama.

“I think that the need for that in pretty much any community would be good. It’s a low cost alternative to ice hockey. The way the kids have received it has been great,” Castle said. “I’ve been out to Panorama the last couple of weekends talking to parents at hockey. The parents are interested.”

Registration is $170 and covers a 10-game season.

“It’s beneficial for ice hockey players … The rules are similar the skills are similar but it’s a no contact sport,” Castle said.

Registration deadline has been extended to Sunday, Feb. 19. Email vmbhregistrar@hotmail.com. Visit vmbh.ca for information.