Hitting the ice in the Comox Valley
For many, September means back to school. However, if you’re anything like our family, September actually means back to HOCKEY!!
Sure, summer’s great – especially in the Comox Valley, with plenty of awesome hiking, biking, swimming and golf. After all, it’s important to get in some cross-training during the off-season. But, really, is there anything better than slipping into the old gear and hitting your stride after a few months off? Wheeling into that first turn and hearing the “shoosh” of your blades as they cut a graceful arc into a clean sheet of ice. Feeling that breeze blowing through the jersey, hair flowing back like Guy Lafleur, lyrics of Tom Cochrane’s “Big League” running through your head…. Sorry, starting to get a little emotional there.
Anyways, what I’m saying is that it’s always great day to play hockey. And the Comox Valley is a great place to play – in fact, it was one of the top 10 communities selected for 2017 Kraft Hockeyville. No matter your skill level, or even if you prefer to stay in the stands, the Valley has something for you!
Minor Hockey in the Comox Valley
The Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association offers a broad range of options for boys and girls starting with “Timbits” initiation programs all the way up to Juvenile. With opportunities to play house or rep, stay in the Valley or travel around the Island and beyond, kids from 5 to 20 will have a blast making friends and learning and loving the game with CVMHA. The association is filled with dedicated parents, coaches and volunteers, who are always eager to share their knowledge and enjoyment of hockey.
Recreational Hockey for Men, Women and Kids
A little rusty on the blades, not sure that your kid is ready for the minor hockey program? Local recreation programs for kids and adults can help you get feeling more comfortable on the ice. As well, the CVRD offers drop-in hockey for adults. And with two full-size arenas at the CVRD’s Sports Centre, there are a number of times for public skates throughout the week, so make sure to check out their skating schedules.
In terms of team play for adults, there are a few different leagues to choose from, including a men’s commercial league and old-timers’ leagues. My wife Teresa plays on the local women’s team, The Breakers, of which I am a proud sponsor. If you’re looking for a team, get in touch with me and I can set you up with names and contact numbers.
Junior Hockey is King in the Comox Valley
The Comox Valley Glacier Kings have been part of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for 25 years. Playing out of the 1,400-seat Sports Centre, they offer great entertainment from September to March. Catch a game or two and you’ll be hooked! They also occasionally need families with a spare room to help billet players if you’re looking for a chance to be more involved.
Local Hockey Schools
Did you know that your high school student can actually play hockey during school? Offered as a program through School District 71, the Vanier Hockey Academy offers kids a chance to work on their skills and get grad credits. Wish they’d had that when I was a student! Outside of school hours there is also the High Calibre Hockey Academy. And various camps are offered during the summer.
Not as crazy about hockey as some of us? No worries. There are plenty of other local activity options. Make sure to have a look at the recreation section of my free guide to moving to the Comox Valley.
As always, feel free to contact me or my associate Andrea Davis to find out more about the Comox Valley living. And please visit our website mikefisherhomes.com for information on buying and selling real estate in the Comox Valley.