The local Knights of Columbus ‘AA’ PeeWee hockey team is gearing up for another full season, which gets underway after their tryout dates Sept. 19-21.
All those trying out must be registered with the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association, which is holding registrations today and tomorrow from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Memorial Sports Centre.
Any player born between Jan. 1, 1988 and Dec. 31, 1989 are eligible to play for the KCs. The tryouts, which has a fee of $20 per child, will start at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19-20 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 21.
“They haven’t had more than 30 kids. I’m hoping for at least that many,” said new KC head coach Tony Kadikoff. “There’s no maximum number for the tryouts.”
Kadikoff, last season’s assistant coach, will take over head coaching duties in place of Dave Egan, who will coach the local Tagg’s ‘AA’ Bantam team this season.
A native of Red Rock, Kadikoff brings a wealth of experience to the table, having played junior ‘A’ hockey in Richmond Hill, Brockville, and Kenora. The 40-year-old also has coached Atom teams here.
He said he’s looking forward to the challenging season, one that will see them compete in seven major tournaments, including one Jan. 18-20 here.
“It should be a lot of fun,” Kadikoff said. “I would say [that in PeeWee], you can lay some pretty good groundwork for the rest of their development.
“It’s really important to develop a strong work ethic,” he stressed.
He said the 17-person roster (nine forwards, six defencemen, and two goalies) should be announced after the tryout.