Strong novice team comes home undefeated

Julia Caranci, Alberni Valley Times

Published: Friday, March 30, 2012

Port Alberni’s Devils novice hockey team was in rare form last weekend, as they swept four games in a Sooke tournament.  Coach Wade Nicklin said 16 members of the team travelled south last weekend and blew everyone away.  His team is made up of seven to nine-year-old players, some of whom have been playing together for two or more years.


In their games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Devils scored four wins and no losses in a novice tournament against some 20 other teams from Comox, Cowichan Valley and Victoria.

As the coach explained, the tournament was more about being active and teamwork than winning, although the boys did receive medals of achievement at the end of the tournament.  “The first rule is to have fun,” he said, adding the boys are also learning physical skills and improving their discipline.

In their final game against the host team, the Sooke Hawks, the Devils had a resounding 5-2 victory.  “The kids just really gelled,” Nicklin said. “A few have been playing together for a long time.”  That teamwork is really starting to show.  Those who continue playing beyond the novice level graduate into the atom division next season, Nicklin said.

Brian Vallee and Tim May also coach the young team.


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