Ric Hampton has been coaching in Hope since 1997. He co-coaches the Hockey 4 team, of 7 and 8 year-olds. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Hockey 4: Simply for the love of hockey

No scores kept, no MVPs named — in Hope they just play for fun

Barry Stewart

Hope Standard

The Hope Arena was teeming with action last weekend, as nine squads of seven and eight-year-olds converged for the annual Hockey 4 tournament. Most teams were from down-valley but one was from Kelowna.

Opposing teams were each split in half for two concurrent mini-games. To get maximum use of the ice, a padded dividing wall was stretched across the centre line and smaller nets were used. A goalie and three skaters played two-minute shifts before the buzzer hailed a new set of skaters.

If a goal was scored, or the puck was covered by the netminder, the attackers backed away and the defence had a chance to restart play — much like a game of pond hockey.

At half time, the goalies switched rinks and play resumed. No score was kept — though there was a lot of mental tallying going on, by those who paid close attention.

Since the late 1990s, Agassiz and Harrison-based players have been required to register in Hope, though some go on to play rep hockey in Chilliwack. That change has brought many players and coaches to Hope from down-valley, including Hockey 4 coaches Ric Hampton and Andrew Wouda.

Wouda played in Hope as a teen and is now back as a coach and hockey dad. Hampton began coaching before the turn of the century, when his son Umi started playing. Though his sons have graduated from the program, Hampton has stuck around for 23 years now, sharing his love of the game with new generations of players.

“There are no scores kept and no most-valuable players,” said Hampton, of the philosophy behind Hockey 1 to 4. “We just play, to learn how to play better… to get our skills and skating down — because we’re going to win the banner in atoms, next year.”

Tournament organizer, Lora Post said the current atom C1 Wildcats won their league banner this season, finishing league play with 97 goals-for. “They are being presented with the banner on Saturday at their home game at 10:30 a.m. in Hope.

“They have also played two tournaments this season and won gold in them both,” added Post.

Check out Hopeminorhockey.ca for information on teams, association contacts, upcoming playoff games and other events.

Next up is the Hockey 1 and 2 tournament, for age 5 and 6 players, February 21-23.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
news@hopestandard.com

@CHWKcommunity
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

hockey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Former Hope Minor Hockey player, Andrew Wouda, has returned as a coach for the Hockey 4 team. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Hope Wildcats’ Lukas Gauthier puts a back-hander past Chilliwack Sharks’ goalie, Max Bates in Hope’s Hockey 4 tournament, last Friday. Nine teams attended the event, from as far away as Kelowna. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Just Posted

SFU Pipe Band comes to Chilliwack

Champion bagpipers will play on Leap Day

Agassiz Anglican Church hosts benefit dinner

Door prizes, entertainment and a catered dinner

LETTER: We’re all shook up

Harvey Andrew of Agassiz reminisces about earthquakes in a letter.

Barking news: Annual Pet Lover Show returns to Abbotsford!

Largest animal showcase in Western Canada brings fur and feather fun

Hockey 4: Simply for the love of hockey

No scores kept, no MVPs named — in Hope they just play for fun

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

B.C. man released from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Because Spencer Fehrenbacher has American citizenship, he was evacuated by the U.S.

Most Read