Troy Cluthe, executive member with the Hericanes, explains the purpose is to provide an opportunity for girls to get out on the ice and get a feel for the sport.
“It’s an introductory program to get girls to try hockey free of charge and it’s just basically trying to promote the love of the game,” he said. “We try to encourage these girls to give hockey a try, whether they are a ringette player or a figure skater and they have always wondered what hockey is like, this is a good event.”
Cluthe also notes, that girls don’t already have to have a friend on any of the teams to come out – if they are from a different centre or are just interested in experiencing girls hockey for the first time, the event is open to anyone and everyone.
“We are open to any age, novice right through to midget. If there are girls that are out there, we are open to anything,” he said. “We try and make it as fun as we possibly can for these girls and try to engage them.”
The organization offers the event twice a year: upcoming dates are on March 11 and again on March 18. Beyond the hockey, Twin Centre tries to add a little extra into the mix, including guest coaches, music and disco balls in the dressing room, and other activities to boot.
“We are going to do some face painting and just have a fun hour of ice time,” he said. “It’s not going to be a serious practice, but we are going to have a fun practice so people can get a feel for what hockey is like – get people to have the full experience for what girls’ hockey is all about.”
And fun is what it’s all about with the Hericanes. Cluthe has seen the impact that being immersed in the organization has had firsthand on his daughter’s life; she has been playing since she was an underager in novice and is now in her first year of atom.
“She absolutely loves hockey,” he said. “She has been able to foster some amazing relationships and make friendships and you know her skill development has increased every year. It’s a great way to be active and have fun with your friends.”
Equipment is required to attend, though Cluthe says to not worry if you personally don’t have equipment – contact a member of the board of directors and they will set you up with everything required.
The event will be happening on March 11 and again the following Sunday at the Wellesley arena starting at 5:30 p.m.