South Asian youth invited to free hockey clinic at Langley Events Centre

‘Very strong connection’ between the community and the sport of hockey, organizer says

On Sunday, young people from Metro Vancouver’s South Asian community will have an opprtunity to learn the basics of ice hockey and hit the ice at the Langey Events Centre (LEC) in advance of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Hockey Canada, Canadian Tire and Telus, in cooperation with Kids Play Foundation, invite the South Asian community to the LEC, where teams participating in the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship have been practicing and playing pre-competition games.

READ MORE: Schedule released for world junior hockey championship in B.C.

The goal of the community skate is to allow South Asian youth, who may have never played organized hockey before, to actively engage in the sport.

Apna Hockey, a South Asian community-based hockey school, will be providing skating, hockey skills and off-ice training clinics to youth.

“Our goal is to build upon the very strong connection between the South Asian community and the sport of hockey, “says Riley Wiwchar, director of the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship.

“The South Asian community has a very rich history in the sport of ice hockey, with a number of excellent players coming from the Metro Vancouver area specifically. Hockey Canada strongly believes in inclusion, we hope that this community skate helps to inspire the next generation in the community to learn about and participate in the sport of ice hockey.”

The skills clinics for youth are free.

Participants will also be provided with ice skates and hockey equipment for the on- ice sessions at no cost.

White Spot will be providing food and refreshments to all attending.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Langley School District’s Hot Lunch program.

The public is urged to pre-register for Hockey Canada’s South Asian Community Skate online.

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place in Vancouver and Victoria from December 26th to January 5th, 2019.

Schedule:

Registration for youth participants: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Event time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening ceremony at 1:10 p.m.

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