New Extramural Men’s Hockey Team Gives Trent University Students Opportunity to Compete at Competitive Level
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Team will battle other OCAA schools in six tournaments;
first exhibition game Trent vs. Fleming College on October 15
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, Peterborough
Based on the popularity of long-running intramural hockey programs and student-driven desire to play at a more competitive level, Trent University’s Campus Recreation program has created a new extramural men’s hockey team, which will compete against other Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) schools for the 2010/11 season.
“We have lots of excellent hockey players at Trent and within our intramural hockey leagues there was a desire for another level of play. I hope that the extramural hockey league can do that for these players,” explains Melanie Sedge, coordinator, Camps & Campus Recreation who helped create and organize the team.
As an extramural team, the new Trent men’s team will play in six tournaments rather than just games throughout the season. If they win a tournament, or capture a wild card spot, they will be invited to play in the Challenge Cup, the end of the season tournament to win it all. The league is made up of all OCAA schools that have a men's hockey team. The tournaments are hosted by a variety of schools each year.
Tryouts for the Trent team were held in September. Forty-eight students competed for 18 spots on the team, including two goalies. The team practices once a week on the ice and once a week they have off-ice training at the new Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre at the University.
Leading the team is coach David Shearer, a local man with lots of coaching experience. Mr. Shearer was the assistant coach (defense coach) with the Peterborough Pete's Major Atom AAA team last season. He is volunteering for the position of head coach for the new Trent team.
As an extramural team, the men’s hockey team is funded by the student players. To help raise funds, the team is hosting its first exhibition game against Fleming College on Friday, October 15 from 9:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at the Evinrude Centre, I.G.A. Pad. Admission is $5 at the door, kids under 12 are free. There will be prizes and a 50/50 draw. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Trent team. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the game.
The team thanks new sponsors, Play It Again Sports and Johnny Eh’s. Play It Again Sports has donated free skate sharpening to the team for the season, and Johnny Eh's has enrolled the team in their Trent Varsity Sponsorship program with their kick-off nights on Sunday, November 7 and Monday, November 8. The restaurant will donate 15% of any bill (pre-tax) on both of these days to the Men's Hockey Team. Please come out, enjoy a meal and support the newly formed team on one of these nights.
To follow the Trent team in the new league, visit the league’s blog, with power ratings and updates, at www.extramuralhockey.blogspot.com
For more information, please contact:
Melanie Sedge, coordinator, Camps & Campus Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 ext 7631 or firstname.lastname@example.org