Ice in Nigeria is an incredibly rare sight. In fact, there is only one rink in all of Lagos, a city with over 17 million residents. Hockey is even more uncommon, so don’t blame Lagos-born Sean Afolabi for not even knowing about the sport before he came to Canada two years ago.
The defending Clarkson Cup champions are giving a huge boost to girls in Calgary who play hockey. The Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and Girls Hockey Calgary (GHC) have partnered to create the Jr. Inferno program.
What are hockey parents willing to put up with nowadays? I’ll admit it wasn’t the first thought that came to mind when I read the story out of Quebec this week that the head coach of an elite peewee AAA team in the Montreal region had forced his team to do hundreds of pushups in full equipment, immediately following a 7-2 loss.
As the final week of September wraps up, that means roughly a month of minor midget hockey is in the books. By week’s end, all 12 GTHL Minor Midget AAA teams will have played four games while the OMHA’s Eastern AAA Hockey League and its 13 clubs have also been busy carving into the ice.
Even after some of the toughest battles on ice, players from opposing teams always line up at centre ice and skate across to the other team while exchanging handshakes.
Paul Coffey’s hockey playing days may be long gone – but he doesn’t need anyone to remind him of it. “I was leaving the house tonight and I was putting my son’s hockey bag in the back of the car,” said the Hockey Hall of Famer.
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