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Young players gain on-ice experience

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It was a very busy Saturday at the Swan River Centennial Arena as the Swan Valley Initiation program hosted their annual one-day tournament. Ten teams in total participated representing Roblin, Dauphin, The Pas, Swan River and Grand Plains, some with multiple teams represented.
“Our teams performed well,” said Head Coach Len Woitowicz. “They worked hard and maintained focus during their games. The coaches are all impressed with the progress the players are demonstrating.”
The rink was packed with 29 local children participating. There were numerous friends and family in attendance throughout the day cheering them on.
The dressing rooms were also overflowing with parents and players getting ready for the action.  And, the ice surface was kept busy with four teams playing at the same time in half-ice games.
Woitowicz, Trevor Warburton, Pat Harness, Neil Kichuk, Matthew Dixon, Brad Sigurdson, Aaron Goethe and Joel Mateika lead the teams as coaches in their first action of the season.
“This tournament is important for our players because it allows them to apply the skills they have been learning in practices,” said Woitowicz. “They gain valuable experience working as a team as well. It also allows them to have fun which is the most important aspect at this level.”
While it will definitely go as an unforgettable day for the young players – walking away with medals and a whole lot of fun – we hope to see them continue their play throughout the years and see them at many different tournaments in the future.
The next tournament for the Initiation aged players comes on Jan. 25 when they travel to Grand Plains.

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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