The little ones displayed some big-time talent during two hockey tournaments staged over four days at Fuller Lake Arena.
Both events used a cross-ice format, with two games played simultaneously.
The Novice Minor group, with players born in 2010, was up first to kick off the new year Jan. 2-3.
At the Novice Minor level, scores aren’t kept, according to tournament spokesperson Lindsay Heppell, “however, our teams played hard and had a ton of fun.”
There was a total of 12 teams entered, 10 from other associations on the Island and two from the Cowichan Valley.
The tournament was held over two days, with teams playing three games a day for a total of six each. That kept the little ones pretty busy and exhausted by the time it was all over.
The Novice Major event for players born in 2009 was similar.
“There is no score kept, some intense shootouts, but all in all, the teams and kids had a great time,” noted spokesperson Amanda McKenzie.
Ten teams were involved in the action Jan. 4-5, including the Cowichan Valley Snipers and Cowichan Valley Thunderbirds.
The others were: Victoria Ice Hawks, Kerry Park Islanders, Peninsula Eagles, Juan de Fuca Grizzlies 1 and 2, Port Alberni, Nanaimo Rockets and Nanaimo Honey Badgers.