Co-oping The Hockey Program


Every year our hockey program instructors look for students to co-op to help on ice, off ice and everyday activities. This year we have 4 co-ops. Cally Dunbar, grade 11, Brendan Hill, grade 11, Connery Campbell, grade 12, and Matthew Finan, grade 11, all former hockey program students. Co-oping the hockey program, allows the students to gain skills, and responsibility. Mike McMahon is the co-op teacher and gives them weekly logs and other assignments where they track their hours and answer questions, with different ones every week. Each week they spend about 15 hours at co-op.

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A couple weeks ago, our hockey program tried a game that is new to many of them but familiar to some, called ringette. Although this program is for hockey, ringette is a fast paced game that helps improve skating, hand-eye co-ordination, and most importantly, team work.

In ringette the rules are very different compared to hockey. For an example, you can’t skate the whole ice with the ring on your stick, you must pass over the blue lines to one of your teammates in order to gain ice. You are not allowed to go in the crease or it will be called as a “crease violation”, and you can only have 3 people on each team inside the ringette line at once, closest to the net.