Benefitting Our Community

Benefitting Our Community

Pilot Mound Minor Hockey and Pilot Mound Hockey Academy [PMHA] have ‘teamed’
up to offer all of our young hockey players aged 5-15, six one hour ‘SKATING /
HOCKEY SKILLS’ sessions beginning September 11 and running Thursdays from
5:30pm–7:30pm. For more info contact: nrobsonramage@gmail.com
The response to this annual on ice program has been tremendous as 54 skaters have
signed up so far! To keep costs in line the ‘ACADEMY’ will provide all the instructors
with both coaches and players excitedly volunteering to help out over the six-week
program. It is expected over $3,000 clear will be re-directed to the ‘BENEFIT’ of the
youth and the recreation complex, as it will pay for free stick and puck time and public
skating. This is a continuation of the ‘ACADEMY ‘s & Minor Hockey’s efforts to ‘put
back’ into our town and community. We can add the $3,000+ to the over $150,000
already raised by the ‘ACADEMY’ in ice rental and other promotion over the past few
years. That will continue. Thank You and well done to both organizations.
Another benefit provided by PMHA got passed along to us this weekend when we were
notified one of our 2-year star student athlete, Bryden Sinclair, has signed on to play
hockey with the University of Maine. This is ‘huge’ for Bryden of course and the
‘ACADEMY’ and goes to show just how good our academics and hockey programs are
here in Pilot Mound. A big thanks [and congratulations] to both the high school staff,
who bend over backwards to make school work for these players, and of course the
hockey staff for their diligence over two years to get this player where he needed to be
for his future…!!!
FINALLY: The Buffaloes have arrived…!!!
On Sept 2 the 41 members of our ‘ACADEMY’S two teams arrived and familiarized
themselves with their new home for the next 10 months. The picture shows a look at the
‘ACADEMY’S management at the opening lunch.

This is both an informational and emotional time for players, parents and the PMHA
board and staff!
For the players they are given an overview of the ‘ACADEMY’S goals and living
conditions rules & regulations. The parents of course get to meet the entire coaching
staff who will affect their child’s development in a crucial year of both their hockey and
personal development.
Once the presentation was over, players and parents headed over to the ‘ACADEMY’
dorms to put things together in their private rooms. Some parents bid a fond farewell that
evening and headed home, while some stayed one more night and day to be involved with
PMCI opening day on Sept 3.
Lots of hugs and a few tears were shed over the two days as players hunkered down to
their 10 months stay in our little town; to create new memories and forge new and
possibly life long friendships.
‘WELCOME’ and ‘BEST of LUCK’ Buffaloes from PMHA and Pilot Mound,
Manitoba…!!!

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