Saturday , 8 May 2021

Yaks keeping busy with out-of-town clinics

Bonnyville Pontiacs players are finding a way to keep busy as they wait to start the AJHL season. 

The team is hosting hockey clinics for kids in U9, U11, and U13 aged hockey in surrounding communities this fall. 

On September 20, the Pontiacs are hosting the first clinic in Cold Lake.

“We’re going to try and stick out to the community and run hockey clinics with our players,” said coach Rick Swan. 

“We’ll just have our guys go out and run three 1 hour and 15 minute sessions for different age groups U9, U11, and U13.

“It’s just kind of a $60 school that they get access to our Pontiacs and we’re going to knock it out of the park and make an impression.”

Currently, the team is in the “developmental season” which involves daily practices and scrimmages until the province gives the them the green light on starting head-to-head competition.

Some of the communities the Yaks could be heading included Glendon, Smoky Lake, and Frog Lake.

“We’re just going to continue to try and hit every community during this,” said Swan. 

“They want to make an impression you want to get out there and be involved seven days a week, which is awesome.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.