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Nov. 9, 2018

BERWICK — Dozens of girls from across the Annapolis Valley will be hitting the ice on Saturday.

For the second weekend in a row, the Valley Wild Female Hockey Association will host their Valley Wild Female Novice Program. The program is free of charge and equipment is provided to players who need it.

Last Sunday, the new initiative was launched at the Apple Dome with 52 young girls taking part in the first session.

“The goal is absolutely to get as many girls playing girls’ hockey as possible and to eliminate barriers — financial or otherwise — to get girls on the ice to try this great game,” association president Jeff Zettler said.

(PHOTO: Fifty-two players attended the program's first session in Berwick on Sunday.)

The program was made possible thanks to funding through Hockey Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

“We all love the game. We all play ourselves. We just want to give girls the opportunity to play and hopefully they will enjoy it and continue to play the game forever.”

The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the game with a focus on development. 

The players have different levels and abilities but they are all on the ice for the same reason: fun.

Zettler has been overwhelmed by the response from parents and players so far and he is optimistic about what the program will mean for the growth of female hockey in the Annapolis Valley.

“It’s a great start and we’re excited about where it will take us,” Zettler said.

The program will continue every weekend throughout the winter.
Registration for the Valley Wild Female Novice Program remains open and parents can register their aspiring hockey players by contacting

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