By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
Lisa Demolitor had never put on a pair of hockey skates as of two weeks ago but now can be seen skating down the ice, stick in hand and having a blast.
The Shelburne arena has started a women’s hockey pick-up game and it has immediately shot up to a resounding success.
“I have no idea why we haven’t started this before,” said Edgar Allison, manager of the arena. “But we decided to try it and it has really taken off.”
There were sixteen women, on the ice last week and there was much laughter and enjoyment as the group worked to learn, what was a new sport for many.
“All these married women having the time of their lives,” said Allison.
“A lot of them ended up starting out wearing their husbands gear but when they realized how much they enjoyed it, went out and got their own,” he said.
He said that the pick-up is open to all women and will run until the middle or next month.
The game is open to beginners.
“It’s not rough at all,” said Demolitor. “It’s just easy going and fun.”
While the game is lighthearted and fun, the players are a dedicated bunch.
“There were 13 women that showed up to play even during that big snow storm that we had,” said Allison.
“We are getting more and more people coming each week,” said Demolitor. “It’s exciting to see.”
Trinda Goreham, a mother of two, is another to take to the ice and enjoy the pick-up games.
“A lot of us have children who play and after playing myself I have a whole new appreciation for my son,” she laughed.
“It’s a great opportunity for beginners to give it a try without the competition,” she added.
Currently, the game does not have a time slot but women from the group pick what day works best each week.
Edgar Allison can be contacted at the Shelburne Arena for more information at 902-875-2977