A little more than month ago, community members in the Peace Region were unsure if there would be any hockey this season.
With the City of Fort St. John on strike and repairs on going at the arenas in Dawson Creek there was some merit to those concerns.
However, all parties pulled up their bootstraps and now the region will get what has long been considered more of a rite of passage than a question mark.
That paves the way for minor hockey teams in both the North and South Peace to hit the ice in preparation for their seasons.
On Tuesday in Fort St. John at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, pewee, bantam and midget age players will take to the ice with the pewee players starting at 4, the bantam kids getting underway at 5:45 and the midget age at 7:30 p.m.
At the bantam and midget levels, each player will go through both a conditioning workout and a body checking ice time.
Players must be registered with the league and must have paid a tryout fee in order to attend.
In Dawson Creek ice times will start on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Encana Events Centre, with the atom development age group starting things off at 10 a.m. Tryouts in Dawson Creek will continue throughout the following week.
Visit the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association website at www.dcmha.ca for more information.
The Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association tryout schedule can be fund on their website at www.fsjminorhockey.ca