The various grassroots programs are where it begins for many young hockey players, some of whom will eventually advance to skate at the bantam, midget, junior and college levels. And maybe even beyond.
But the importance of minor hockey goes beyond player development. With the proper focus and perspective, it can add up to a simple love for the great game and bring parents, youngsters, family members and friends together.
Creating a passion for the game and getting the youngsters involved is what so many aspire to do. And there are several upon several who do it well — and with dedication and positive energy.
At Hockey News North, we aim to provide varying coverage of the midget and junior levels and the various leagues and players. But we are also mindful of, for example, the kids who plays at the novice, atom, pee wee and bantam levels.
In above photo, coach Frank Porco goes over some pre-game instruction with player Anthony Spironello prior to a recent match at Soo Pee Wee Arena. Porco and Spironello are with the Community First Crunch, an Atom Major A team that plays within the Soo Pee Wee Hockey League.
(Photo by Allana Plaunt.)