Melfort Roller Hockey a new option for spring sports

Players went through their paces at Melfort Roller Hockey’s second tryout night at the Northern Lights Palace on Tuesday, May 14.

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There is a new choice when it comes to spring sports in Melfort. This spring the new Melfort Roller Hockey launched, they held their second tryout night on Tuesday, May 14 and the program is looking to keep hockey players sharp.

Founder Dylan Doehl explained that he was looking for a way to keep, his son playing hockey in the spring. With no spring hockey nearby he rem

Dylan Doehl

“. So me and the wife Nicole started talking about it and I had played inline as a child and we started talking about doing it and one thing kind of led to another where we thought get into it and the kids that would like to play hockey all summer can continue playing,” Doehl said.

The difference, along with no ice and being on rollerblades, is that it is played four-on-four at all times and there is no icing or off-side calls.

“So it teaches the kids to really focus on working together and using your team rather than just I need a break to ice the puck. So it works a lot more on the cycle of the puck,” Doehl said.

He explained that it helps players to work on smaller details that will improve their winter hockey skills.

“I played this as young boy and it improved my hockey big time. Anybody I know that has gone places from my childhood they all played inline and they say the same. Physically it is very hot and you work quite a bit,” Doehl said.

Doehl and Mat Barrett are serving as the two coaches for Melfort Roller Hockey.

According to Doehl the interest in Melfort Roller Hockey has been pretty great.

“We were struggling at the beginning trying to get people to sign up for the season to get to where it is  now,” he explained.

The first exposure for the new sport came at Spring Citywide Registration on March 27. Doehl explained that it started out as a Facebook page and they shared the idea with people in the hockey community. Barrett also shared information in his day job at the radio station.

Tuesday was their second tryout night after holding one earlier in the month on Saturday, May 4.

“And it didn’t turn out as well as we hoped this one is a lot better and I have had a lot of people from the tryout day ask about the season so we will be able to takeoff now for our season,” Doehl said.

Melfort Roller Hockey has already been invited to tournaments in Calgary and Edmonton. Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday at the Northern Lights Palace.

Doehl thanked co-coach Barrett and his wife Nicole for the assistance getting the whole thing going.

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