There may be no NHL, but there is great minor hockey action right here on the Coast featuring local talent in the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association.
Both peewee C teams continue to develop player skills and are working on team play.
In the pre-season balancing games, the C1 Blues and the C2 Blues finished together in the standings with both teams in the middle of the pack with 12 points each.
The teams have been evenly splitting wins and losses and goals for and goals against. The C1/C2 exhibition games have been close with the last one ending in a 4-4 tie. Scoring has been evenly distributed among the players.
The C1 Blues have been short some players due to injuries, but with Hayden Rogers back from his wrist injury and other players, the team is prepared to start the regular season. This Sunday, Dec. 9 the C1 Blues play against North Van C4 in North Vancouver.
The C2 Blues pulled on their new jerseys last week, just in time for team photos and the start of the regular season. They are travelling to Whistler this Saturday.
The teams have been split up with C1 in the white group and C2 in the blue group for the regular season schedule.
Both Sunshine Coast C teams are signed up for the Cloverdale tournament early in January and will be cheering each other on.
The Rep Blues have been working hard to develop skills and to build their team game. Body checking has been a big adjustment for the first year players and continues to be an on-going process as they move into the regular season.
The eight-game placement round was challenging for this young team who were in every game, but came up one or two goals short most outings.
Following the pre-season placement round, the Blues remained in group six and face a difficult travel schedule with teams in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Ridge Meadows, Richmond, Langley, Chilliwack, Bur-naby and Squamish.
The hard work by the coaches and players is paying off as they have shown improvement in their passing and positional play.
The regular season started Nov. 17 and the Blues are off to a great start with a 5-1 record and five sportsmanship points, good for first place in group six.
Last Saturday the Blues suffered their first regular season loss at home against Burnaby Winter Club. The Blues had an early 4-1 lead, but Burnaby stormed back with speedy forwards to take a 6-5 win.
On Sunday the Blues faced Port Coquitlam. With two players out of the line up, the Blues took an early lead 2-0. PoCo battled back and the game was tied 3-3 late in the third period. With time running out, Kai Gerler stepped in from the blue line to pocket the winning goal in the 4-3 win.
This weekend the Blues have two away games visiting Richmond and Ridge Meadows.