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Parents, grandparents and family friends all turn out for the Carlyle Minor Hockey award ceremony held in the gymnasium at Gordon F. Kells High School on Wednesday, April 9.

Participants from all the divisions that participated in the 2013-2014 season were given awards for their roles both on and off the ice. Coach of the initiation team Kirk Himmelspeck said his team had a very strong season and praised the hockey program.

"[We have a] good group of kids, very strong six-year-olds and very improving five - year-olds and we had just the right number of kids," he said.

"I think the whole season was a highlight, we had a lot of wins, only had a couple losses and all of our wins were by double digits. We won a couple tournaments and the kids had a ton of fun."

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He said Carlyle Minor Hockey is important as it teaches the players dedication because the players have to be at the rink all the time and added it also teaches them team work from a very early age.

Karen Fischer has two boys who participated in minor hockey and she said the year was busy but good. Her sons Jaden and Jace Fischer are members of the initiation and peewee teams and she explained she was very proud of them. Jace received the Norman Moore Memorial Trophy for being the most sportsmanlike while Jaden received the Mr. Team spirit trophy. Fisher said Minor Hockey provides numerous advantages for those involved.

"[They get] to interact with other kids learning about the sport and about being coached and also getting some physical activity," she said.

She also highlighted that minor hockey not only provides a social environment for children but also creates long lasting relationships between hockey families.

"We've met so many friends over the years and we look forward to hanging out with them on the weekend every winter," she said.

The president of Carlyle Minor Hockey, Chad Himmelspeck said the season went very well and praised all who were involved and spoke to the benefits of the sport.

" We had a committed group of kids and coaches in Carlyle Minor Hockey this year some may have not have finished the season were they had planned but they all developed their skills and that is the most important at any age," he said.

"We each have our own thoughts on how the sport helps the players, the speed, the skill, the strategy, the strength, or that something else that attracts us to the game time and again. Hockey benefits a player in a many different ways, including physically, emotionally, mentally, confidence, team bonding and structure."

Himmelspeck said there were many highlights of the season but said for him it was the amount of kids that registered and how many referees signed up.

"It was great to see the coaches develop these players, it takes a lot of dedication on their part. Seeing all of the upgrades done to the arena by the rink board, to see all of the parents contributing to make this a successful season," he said.

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