Chloe Paterson (10), learns some hockey skills from Westshore Wolves player Khalil Fontana. B.C. Hockey as well as the Westshore Wolves went to David Cameron Elementary School as part of the B.C. Hockey Road to World Juniors Tour. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

B.C. Hockey makes its way to Langford

B.C. Hockey and Westshore Wolves players taught students in Langford about hockey

Students at David Cameron Elementary School in Langford got to learn some hockey skills from Westshore Wolves Junior B hockey players as part of the B.C. Hockey Road to World Juniors Tour.

The tour, being held by the B.C. Hockey organization, lets youth from 39 communities in the province learn about and try hockey.

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It is in anticipation of the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships that will be taking place in Vancouver and Victoria.

Students at David Cameron Elementary School filled the gymnasium and cheered for their classmates and teachers as they learned how to handle hockey sticks and take shots on goal.

“The kids are always super excited and it’s really fun seeing them get the sticks in their hands,” said Allie Moore, a program generalist with B.C. Hockey.

B.C. Hockey also donated two sets of floorball equipment to the school with educational material so students can continue to play in their classes.

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“If they don’t know how to skate [floorball] is a really good way to get into the game,” Moore said. “It’s really easy, you can play it indoors and outdoors … It’s really nice to get them into the game no matter what their abilities are.”

Benjamin Duffin plays for the Westshore Wolves and he thinks it is a good experience to be able to teach kids about hockey.

“I don’t know what I would do without [hockey],” Duffin said. “I think every kid should have the opportunity to play a sport like this … I think kids enjoy competing.”

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


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