North Peace Eagles to hold open practices and scrimmages this season

The North Peace Eagles Women’s Hockey Team are changing things up this season in hopes of encouraging more women in the community to play hockey. Instead of only doing weekly practices for players, the Eagles are encouraging women who want to play hockey but who might not be able to commit to a team to come out to a variety of practices and events.

“There are a lot of women in this community who play hockey, but whether it’s due to their job or family, they might not get a chance to play and skate with other women as much as they’d like. So, this is a chance to encourage participation and play the game we love together,” said Eagles player Marissa Jordan.

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The Eagles held their first open practice last night, September 18, at the North Peace Arena. The ice times will be from 7:45 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday. Not all the ice times will be open practices — the next one, on September 25, is an open scrimmage.

“We’re getting a lot of interest in this, so we want to change the format a bit instead of just always having normal practices,” Jordan said.

The Eagles will also be hosting a Learn To Play program too, beginning on October 9. There will be six sessions in total.

“That program is for women who don’t have full gear and who want to come out and learn to play hockey,” said Jordan.

There is a small fee to attend the practices and an insurance form needs to be filled out. For more information, see the Eagles’ Facebook Page.

The Eagles haven’t released their game schedule for the season yet, but do kick things off with an exhibition game on Sunday, October 6 against the Taylor Women’s Hockey Team at the Taylor Arena. The game takes place during International Girls Ice Hockey Weekend. On Saturday, October 5, the Eagles will have Learn to Play sessions for different age groups.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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