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Posted: April 14, 2015

New Spring Hockey Program hits the ice

Some of the best young hockey players in Cranbrook and Kimberley will be showcasing their abilities this weekend as the Kootenay Warriors Spring Hockey Challenge continues in Cranbrook.

In its first year, the Kootenay Warriors Spring Hockey Program considers the best hockey players from Cranbrook and Kimberley in the eight, nine and 10-year-old age group. The Warriors have been practicing together since the end of March and the emphasis of the program is on skill development and leadership skills.

“This past weekend, the 10-year-old Challenge Games featured teams from the West Kootenay, Calgary and Montana,” says Program Organizer Corey Spring. “The final game went to a seven-round shoot out and featured some highly competitive, skilled hockey.”

Spring is encouraging the community to come down to Western Financial Place this weekend as the Warrior Challenge continues.

“We have nine and 10 year old Challenge games this weekend versus the Southern Alberta Battle and the eight-year old tournament where the Warriors will take on the Okanagan All-Stars, West Kootenay Avalanche and Southern Alberta Battle.”

All games will be held at Western Financial Place starting at 5 p.m. on Friday. Game times are posted on the Kootenay Warriors website at

There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs including autographed jerseys by the likes of Scott Niedermayer and Sam Reinhart, Corey Perry (Ducks) and Payton Lee (Vancouver Giants goalie and Cranbrook resident), vacation and golf packages and more.

“We would love to see the community come out and support our local players. These games feature the best of the best and will be the highest level of hockey at this age group that we’ve seen here in years,” adds Spring.

The Kootenay Warriors Program mission is to nurture individual and team hockey skill development, enhance character and life skills and provide exceptional coaching and structure.


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