By: Steve Burroughs
In recent times it seems we’re doing everything differently in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. From shopping more online to wearing masks and stocking up on toilet paper, many aspects of life aren’t what they were a year ago. Burford Minor Hockey is no exception. While the young Coyotes are still carving up the ice, the game itself and the player experience is different.
Aside from the health protocols surrounding the use of change rooms and smaller team benches, the biggest difference is the game itself. Hockey Canada has restricted associations to competitions of 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 hockey so that smaller teams can maintain physical distancing in change rooms and along benches. So what does this mean on the ice?
The young players registered with Burford Minor Hockey this year are enjoying a fast, exiting, and skilled version of Canada’s favourite game. Teams have been created with a balance of skill to allow for an even competition with a focus on fun and development. The 3-on-3 format is allowing players of all ages the chance to improve their skating, passing and puck handling, and game sense. Goalies are facing more shots than ever and players are learning to adjust to a variety of challenging game scenarios. Thanks to the smaller teams, everyone is getting more ice time and improvements in fitness of which we can all be jealous. But the biggest plus has been playing with, and against, friends!
No matter the level of skill held by each member of any Burford Coyotes team, the season this year will be one of team work, skill development and fun. Everyone is getting stronger, learning a deeper understanding of hockey, and the exciting 3-on-3 version of the game is making every game as exciting to watch as an NHL overtime period!
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By: Steve Burroughs