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Yarmouth Junior A Mariners holding open practice in Digby on March 6

The Yarmouth Mariners' last home game of the regular season was March 1 against Bridgewater. Next week the Mariners play a 3-game mini-series with the Valley Wildcats. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
The Yarmouth Mariners' last home game of the regular season was March 1 against Bridgewater. Next week the Mariners play a 3-game mini-series with the Valley Wildcats. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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By Tina Comeau

FOR THE COURIER

 

As they ready themselves for a junior A playoff mini-series with the Valley Wildcats, the Yarmouth Mariners will be holding one of their practices at the Digby Arena this week.

The Yarmouth Mariners will hold a one-hour open practice in Digby on Thursday, March 6 at noon.

The junior A Mariners and the Valley Wildcats begin an MHL three-game mini-series in Yarmouth on Monday, March 10 with Game 2 going Tuesday, March 11 in Kentville.

A Game 3, if needed, will be held Thursday, March 13 in Yarmouth.

There’s a lot on the line with this mini-series as it will determine who moves deeper in the playoffs for the next best-of-seven game series that will be played prior to the MHL Eastlink division-series final. The division champion will go in to play for the league championship.

Thursday’s practice in Digby is open to the public. Facility supervisor Danny Harvieux of the Digby Area Recreation Commission hopes that people come out to watch the practice, given that this level of hockey isn’t normally played in Digby.

“I also think it’s a great opportunity for the local coaches to come watch,” he says. “They can learn drills. It’s a high, fast-paced practice.”

Harvieux says since being involved with some of the outreach of the last two World Junior A Challenges that were held in Yarmouth, the Digby Arena and recreation commission has developed a good relationship with the Yarmouth Mariners hockey club.

Last year the Digby Arena hosted one of the CJHL Prospects Games during the World Junior A Challenge. That prospects game was recently named the Event of the Year by the Annapolis Valley Events and Sport Tourism Association.

Harvieux would like to see more junior A hockey opportunities for Digby in the future.

“What I would like to see happen . . . and I’m going to ask again . . . is I would like to see Valley and Yarmouth come here and play an exhibition game,” he says. “I think it would benefit us as it would give us some good hockey to watch again. And I think it would benefit their teams because they might be able to sell a few more season tickets, After all, we’re only an hour from Kentville and an hour from Yarmouth.”

Meanwhile Thursday’s trip for the Yarmouth Mariners is both work and relaxation. After the team’s practice in Digby the team will be heading onto Halifax where they’ll be taking in a Mooseheads game on Thursday evening. The Mooseheads will be playing the Charlottetown Islanders who, incidentally, have a connection to the Mariners. Their assistant coach Luke Beck was once an assistant coach for the Yarmouth Mariners.

 

 

By Tina Comeau

FOR THE COURIER

 

As they ready themselves for a junior A playoff mini-series with the Valley Wildcats, the Yarmouth Mariners will be holding one of their practices at the Digby Arena this week.

The Yarmouth Mariners will hold a one-hour open practice in Digby on Thursday, March 6 at noon.

The junior A Mariners and the Valley Wildcats begin an MHL three-game mini-series in Yarmouth on Monday, March 10 with Game 2 going Tuesday, March 11 in Kentville.

A Game 3, if needed, will be held Thursday, March 13 in Yarmouth.

There’s a lot on the line with this mini-series as it will determine who moves deeper in the playoffs for the next best-of-seven game series that will be played prior to the MHL Eastlink division-series final. The division champion will go in to play for the league championship.

Thursday’s practice in Digby is open to the public. Facility supervisor Danny Harvieux of the Digby Area Recreation Commission hopes that people come out to watch the practice, given that this level of hockey isn’t normally played in Digby.

“I also think it’s a great opportunity for the local coaches to come watch,” he says. “They can learn drills. It’s a high, fast-paced practice.”

Harvieux says since being involved with some of the outreach of the last two World Junior A Challenges that were held in Yarmouth, the Digby Arena and recreation commission has developed a good relationship with the Yarmouth Mariners hockey club.

Last year the Digby Arena hosted one of the CJHL Prospects Games during the World Junior A Challenge. That prospects game was recently named the Event of the Year by the Annapolis Valley Events and Sport Tourism Association.

Harvieux would like to see more junior A hockey opportunities for Digby in the future.

“What I would like to see happen . . . and I’m going to ask again . . . is I would like to see Valley and Yarmouth come here and play an exhibition game,” he says. “I think it would benefit us as it would give us some good hockey to watch again. And I think it would benefit their teams because they might be able to sell a few more season tickets, After all, we’re only an hour from Kentville and an hour from Yarmouth.”

Meanwhile Thursday’s trip for the Yarmouth Mariners is both work and relaxation. After the team’s practice in Digby the team will be heading onto Halifax where they’ll be taking in a Mooseheads game on Thursday evening. The Mooseheads will be playing the Charlottetown Islanders who, incidentally, have a connection to the Mariners. Their assistant coach Luke Beck was once an assistant coach for the Yarmouth Mariners.

 

 

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