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Oct. 30, 2014

DARTMOUTH – Minor hockey players will be hitting the ice at rinks across the province this weekend. But when they step out on to the ice, they won't be playing organized games – they will be honing their skills in other ways.

This weekend is the 12th Annual Hockey Nova Scotia Development Weekend. It is a weekend that allows minor hockey associations across the province to focus solely on providing development opportunities for all of their members. Associations will not be scheduling games during this time but will instead be conducting a variety of activities aimed at improving players, coaches, officials and other volunteers.

“Each year, we host this weekend because we want to help our young players develop and improve their skills,” Hockey Nova Scotia president Randy Pulsifer said. “Helping to develop these skills fosters a passion for the game and builds excitement as the players see progress and want to continue to improve."

On Saturday and Sunday, each minor hockey association will host their own clinics and workshops aimed at player development. Some of the clinics planned include goaltending, shooting, puck handling and power skating sessions. But these activities will not be confined to the ice. In the past, minor hockey associations have hosted yoga demos, nutrition classes, concussion awareness programs and coaching clinics for their members.

“We believe that if a player is enjoying their hockey experience then they will want to continue to be a part of the game they love," Pulsifer said.

For more information on Development Weekend events taking place in your area, please visit the website of your local minor hockey association.

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