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Quesnel Kangaroos hosting mini hockey school

Players will be teaching their skills in late August
A young Kangaroos fan is awarded a $20 gift card during some second intermission fun at the West Fraser Centre where Quesnel took on Terrace earlier this year. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer photo)

Quesnel Kangaroo players will be teaching their skills to young hockey fans on and off the ice this summer.

The senior hockey team is running a mini hockey school at the West Fraser Centre from Monday, August 22 to Friday, August 26.

“All the players who play on our team are going to be taking part in some way or another,” said captain Alessio Tomassetti.

“We want to interact with the community and the kids because they have really stepped up and been at our games over the last couple of years.”

It was about five years ago the team first talked about hosting such a school.

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With players having an array of teachable knowledge from the junior to the pro leagues, Tomassetti said they asked themselves why they don’t share their knowledge and pass it down to the younger generation.

“I played junior hockey, so I’m looking forward to helping the kids and showing them what I know,” Tomassetti added. “It’ll be a really good experience for everybody.”

Head coach Harley Gilks believes the mini hockey school will only get bigger and better as the years go on.

Each participant will receive their very own Kangaroos hockey school jersey on the first day.

“They’ve come to all of our stuff and watched all our games and cheered us on, and if we can help them enjoy themselves and hockey a little bit more, then it’s good for everyone,” Gilks said.

For more information, email or visit the Quesnel Kangaroos on Facebook.

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