The Cranbrook Women's Learn to Play team last season with guest coaches from the 2013-14 Kootenay Ice

The Cranbrook Women's Learn to Play team last season with guest coaches from the 2013-14 Kootenay Ice

Women’s hockey program aims to build interest

The Cranbrook Women's Learn to Play hockey program is back for the 2014-15 season

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The Cranbrook Women’s Learn to Play Hockey Team is back for another season and is on the hunt for ladies interested in learning to play hockey.

A few years ago, we recognized there were a number of ladies who wanted to learn how to skate and play hockey, but who were intimidated by starting out in the faster paced Women’s League. The concept of an introductory league was born and we’ve tried to continue to build participation and interest,” said Loree Duczek, one of the Coordinators of the Cranbrook Women’s Learn to Play Team. “We have ladies who have never had skates on and by the end of the season, they are playing in the scrimmage. It’s amazing to see their progress.”

The Learn to Play Team plays Monday nights at the Kinsmen Arena starting on Oct. 20 and is now taking registrations. The registration deadline is Oct. 2 and forms can be picked up and dropped off at Boston Pizza in Cranbrook.

Our focus is on personal skill development, and it is our hope that as players become more skilled and comfortable with the game, they will progress on to the other women’s teams in Cranbrook, thereby keeping women’s hockey numbers in Cranbrook strong,” Duczek added.

While the focus is on fun in a non-intimidating environment, ladies can look forward to being challenged every week.

We have four weeks of power skating, guest coaches who put us through our paces, partner/friend games and scrimmages,” Duczek said. “It’s our favourite night of the week in the winter, and I’d encourage any ladies who’ve considered playing but have never taken the leap, to join us for the 2014-15 season.”