It may still be shirt sleeve weather outside for the most part, but the Terrace Minor Hockey Association (TMHA) is already preparing for its new season.
There have already been skating sessions for young players looking to get their legs back in shape.
And try outs took place two weekends ago, for example, at the Sportsplex for four levels – pee wee, bantam, midget and female midget rep teams. It’s these teams which host tournaments here and which travel to tournaments held elsewhere.
Association president Terri Soucie said rep team preparations are a bit earlier than last year but in other locations, particularly down south, rep teams have already been chosen.
“Our first tournament in town is Oct. 24 for the pee wee rep team so it can make the timing tight,” she said. “Coaches need to make their preparations and plan their teams.”
The Oct. 24 tournament is called the Cliff Sharples Memorial Tournament, named after one of the key past contributors to the success of Terrace’s minor hockey association.
In terms of off ice activity, there had been worries that not enough volunteers would step forward to fill key association executive slots but a full slate has now been found, she said. TMHA has also successfully recruited a roster of coaches for its teams.
In support of its referees, the association is holding a clinic Sept. 20 at the arena.
Those interested in becoming a referee must be at least 12 years old as of Dec. 31.
Soucie had also been worried that early on player registration numbers were below normal but now reports the total stands at approximately 325.