Ladies hockey league getting ready to start a new season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League is gearing up for a new season and is looking for players.

The league is now being run by the father-daughter duo of Marc and Carly LeBlanc and they are aiming to have four teams and 64 players for the 2017-18 hockey season. They have been conducting in-person registration at the Libro Centre and plan another registration night Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m.

“We’ve got a lot of players returning from the previous league,” said Carly. “We’re looking at getting four solid teams.”

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

The league plays Sunday nights at the Libro Centre on the Movati ice pad (Pad B) with a registration fee of $240 and a jersey deposit of an additional $25 . Registration fees help pay for such things as ice time, jerseys, referees and insurance. The ages of players range from 18 to 60.

“It’s a non-competitive, non-contact league,” said Carly. “We want everyone to come out and have as much fun as possible playing hockey.”

No experience is required, either. Marc said he approached Mike Parlette about conducting two weeks of fundamental sessions at the start of the year to teach newcomers about the basics of the game.

“He jumped on right away,” said Marc.

Carly said experienced players can use those weeks as a way to “shake off the summer cobwebs.”

The LeBlancs are confident they can fill the league.

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“The interest is there,” said Carly. “The word is getting out there.”

While they would eventually like to see the league grow to six teams, the plan is four for the upcoming season with a waiting list to be compiled if they surpass 64 players.

The first two weeks – Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 – will be the fundamental sessions with games beginning Oct. 1. The season should conclude by mid to late-March.

For those who can’t attend the registration in person, they can visit aburgladieshockey.wordpress.com or find them on Facebook. Anyone seeking further information can contact aburgladieshockey@gmail.com.

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