High school hockey players in the Valley are going back out on the ice

Published on January 19, 2017

Greenwich Bombers assistant coach Dennis Venoit, right, advises his players at the practise earlier in the week. The team plays Friday.

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KENTVILLE NS – The Greenwich Bombers, who are playing out of the Centennial Arena in Kentville, will be playing the Kingston Bombers Friday evening in Kingston at 7:30 p.m.

Hockey Nova Scotia (HNS) has helped to get 11 teams of high school hockey players in the western region, sidelined by a labour dispute, back on the ice this weekend.

On Friday evening the CK Wildcats will play against the Canning Clippers at 8 p.m. in Canning. Then on Saturday the Greenwich Bombers will go up against the Clippers in Kentville also at 8 p.m.

Greenwich Bombers manager Maura Ryan believes that Acadia Minor Hockey was first among the minor hockey associations to take the lead after HNS issued the option to a form a new league.

“We have all the teams back from the old Valley Boys High School League except for Bridgewater,” she said.

Geoff Churchill, who is president of the minor hockey association, said that a schedule has been drawn up since HNS facilitated the creation of the new leaque.

Hundreds of high school athletes across the province were forced off the ice as a result of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation no longer sanctioning high school hockey during the Nova Scotia Teachers Union’s work-to-rule job action.

We believe every player who wants to play hockey in Nova Scotia should have an opportunity to get on the ice and experience our great game, said HNS executive director Darren Cossar.

In a media release, HNS said it had reviewed this situation and believes it is a part of its mandate to offer hockey to everyone within the province who wishes to participate.

As a result, it has decided to sanction the formation and registration of teams within the minor hockey system for displaced high school hockey players.

Teams registered with HNS will take part in a newly formed league for currently registered high school players and play an abbreviated schedule of 10 to 12 regular season games as well as playoffs. These teams will also have an opportunity to compete for a provincial championship within the Hockey Nova Scotia structure.