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Peewee Blues bumped up a flight

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The peewee Blues coaches back row left to right; Darren DeRoon, Mike Fischer and Jim Dorey. Players left to right; Noah Sheldon, Kurt Hoogendorn, Elan Kimpton-Cuellar, Noah Spain, Jackson Cole, Austin Fournier, Aman Smardon, Adam Goepel, front row; Ethan Ellis-Winters, Liam DeRoon, Tyson Chidgey, Oliver Dorey, Ben Bryan and Ben Fischer.

Every summer many keen hockey players around Canada begin to hone their skills at specialized hockey camps to prepare for the upcoming tryouts.

Our local Sunshine Coast athletes are no different, as many aspire to play at the best level available to them.

This year’s Peewee A Blues are a talented group of 11 and 12 year olds hailing from across the Sunshine Coast. Each weekend they get their dress shirt and tie on and head out to arenas from Whistler to Abbotsford. These players are proud to represent the Coast and have done so with maturity and respect to all they encounter.

The Blues started the season with the fun Ice Breaker Tournament in Abbotsford, and then moved into their placement round games where they competed well enough that the Pacific Coast Minor Hockey Association (PCAHA) moved them into a higher flight (level) than previous peewee teams had reached. This can be attributed to the level of determination, commitment and spirit that these players have demonstrated towards the game.

Now that the team is facing a higher level of competition, they have only won once, while losing several close games. Instead of getting down, this has motivated this group to try harder and learn more about the complex team tactics needed to compete at this level.

“It’s been a fun year so far, and I think that as we grow as a team we will continue to get better and better,” said team captain Austin Fournier.

Their home games are played each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy watching an exciting hockey game, which can be followed up with a leisurely skate of your own. Public skating takes place right after the game ends.

For more information about the Blues and other Coast hockey news, see the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey website at www.scminorhockey.com.

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