Tryp Pugh takes a small push from behind during Ponoka Recreation Hockey’s big day of games held Dec. 1. The fun event showcased the association’s eight teams. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Recreation Hockey hosts special one-day showcase

All eight of the association’s teams hosted another team in a fun day of hockey

Playing hockey for the love of the game is the mantra of the Ponoka Recreation Hockey Association (PRHA).

A special showcase was held Dec. 1 at the Ponoka arena where all eight teams hosted a special game against one of their competitors, however, the focus of the day was on playing the game and learning new skills.

Board member Patrick Lentz said the association sees growth every year, especially with the younger athletes. For parents with more than one child, the way games and practice nights are set up is ideal.

“Teamwork and having fun is the number one goal,” said Lentz.

He added that there is a strong board and group of parents who want to see things go well. Parents, plus an independent committee came together to host the PRHA day.

Eight teams in age groups of 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years and 15 to 17 years, each invited another team to play against. It was a busy day of hockey with games starting at 8 a.m. going to about 8 p.m.

A couple other events were on the go including a food drive with proceeds to go to the Ponoka Food Bank.

“The excitement for me is a little bit of competitiveness as well,” said Lentz.

“People really rally behind it, especially the little guys.”

Another area Lentz has seen growth is a strong turnout of referees signing up to officiate games.

“It’s just grown and grown because you (referees) don’t get yelled at,” he stated.

When mistakes are made in recreation hockey, it becomes a source of learning rather than fans yelling at them.

Learning the game rather than recording points, statistics and game records — there are no playoffs at the end of the season — is another reason why they have seen so much growth, suggested Lentz.



jeff.heyden-kaye@ponokanews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

WCPS looks to its schools and communities for new mission, vision, values and beliefs

WCPS’s Board looks to students, and staff in advance of larger community engagement

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Most Read