Sledge hockey fever hits village - (Archived)

Eight-week sledge program in works for fall

Sleds were put to good use on the ice at the North Shore Recreation Centre in March.

Kelly Tucker was able to offer an introductory night to sledge hockey for the community, with a happy outcome.

“The county has 21 sleds and I’ve been wanting for a while to bring them down here,” she said. “The atom hockey team is going to a big tournament and they’re using this as a fundraiser. I’ve been wanting to offer this, and they offered up the manpower for me.”

Throughout the evening on March 11, 10 teams took to the ice to try out the sleds – four adult teams and six youth.

“I was turning teams away,” said Tucker. “This is such a good opportunity for not just these players, but also if the community has people who can’t skate, they can still play hockey. These are available to everybody to use.”

On one end of the ice, the Tatamagouche Broomball teams laughed at themselves and their fellow hockey players.

“The most challenging was getting back up, once you’re down,” said Kenny Anderson. “It was my first time on the sleds, it was fun. I flipped a couple of times.”

Anderson said the opportunity was a good workout, especially for the arms, and he’d try it again if available.

“It’s a really good idea. Everyone likes it,” he said.

Ten-year-old Bryson Nicholson wanted to try it out as soon as he had heard about it.

“I want to continue playing it,” he said, adding his favourite part was “driving” the sled.

While the centre wasn’t able to offer more sledge hockey during the remainder of the season (ice was to be removed March 25), Tucker said it’s not the last it’ll be seen in the area.

“I’m hoping to offer it for six weeks starting in October when the ice goes in. I wanted to bring it for a night first…I wanted to get some momentum for it,” she said.