Young aspiring hockey players have the chance to skate with one of the most successful teams in Junior A hockey — the Newmarket Hurricanes — at the Lions Park community-run outdoor hockey rink.
The Hurricanes will hit the ice Saturday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m. and you’re advised to get there early as the team has been known to draw some of the largest crowds in the game.
The Lions Park community hockey rink is at 424 D'Arcy St. in Newmarket.
Local children are invited to bring their gear to the rink, along with a donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry that will be collected on site, for a chance to “get up close to the big boys” of local hockey, organizer Chris Howie said.
The Hurricanes last month welcomed new head coach Mario Cicchillo to the team. Cicchillo most recently coached the Aurora Tigers. His coaching highlights also includes being selected to coach the OHL All Star Game, OHL Team Ontario U17 to two gold medals, the Canada vs Russia Challenge, and Team Ontario East for the OJHL twice.
For almost two decades, the Hurricanes produced nearly 100 players who went on to receive scholarships and professional hockey opportunities. The team’s home is at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex at 100 Eagle St.
You can catch the Hurricanes tonight, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as they battle the Aurora Tigers in game 582 at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.
If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the game here, and learn more about the team and division standings.For more information, visit the Newmarket Lions Park community hockey rink on Facebook.