Wanted: volunteer coaches.
The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association’s Midget ‘A’ division has low enrolment this season, but the need for more coaches and volunteer support still is needed to keep it going.
“We are doing our best with [Fort Frances Jr.] Sabres players and board members to keep the Midget ‘A’ league afloat at this time, but we need parents and volunteers to step up and help these young men out for the season,” FFMHA president Wayne Strachan said.
“It is easy for people to say this and that, but the bottom line is that we can’t run the league without coaches and convenors,” he stressed. “This is a call for help from whomever to help these young men have a successful season and play the game they love.”
The league plans to operate two teams that also will play the local Bantam ‘AA’ squad.
“We have some ideas as a board to make it more fun and enjoyable for the Midget-aged players,” Strachan remarked.
“We are going to approach Emo’s program to see if they will play an inter-locking schedule, [and] possibly we can incorporate some three-on-three play for the teams during the season, excluding the Bantam ‘AA’ team.”
Strachan said despite a drop of 25 players from last season, there still is 38 kids interested and it would be a shame if they didn’t have a league to play in.
“It is about the players and them having fun with their friends and enjoying being at the rink playing the game of hockey,” Strachan insisted. “The board and I are hoping that there are a few good people out there that will please put their name forward to help these young gentleman have a season.”
In related news, Strachan said the local Midget ‘A’ tournament tentatively is scheduled for Dec. 12-14 and stressed teams were interested in coming here to play, which is a change from previous seasons.
“The players are in place for the league to get started,” Strachan noted.
“We need to find some volunteers that want to help these players enjoy a year of hockey.”
Midget hockey is for kids aged 15-17 (i.e., born in 1991-93).