Timbits host tournament

Some of the youngest hockey players in Golden are preparing for a home tournament.

Golden’s youngest future Rockets, the AB minor hockey Rams, are hosting a tournament on Saturday March 10.

Six teams, including Golden, of four to seven year olds will take to the ice to entertain their family and friends.

“It’s really exciting to watch your kids play at this age. A lot of the kids are just learning to skate this year, so to see them from the beginning of the year til now, they’ve just made huge leaps and strides,” said Kathy Thorne, hockey mom and tournament organizer.

Aside from watching some entertaining young talent, the tournament will be featuring a baking table, an extensive prize table, and a raffle for an NHL game package.

“We’re doing a raffle for a trip for two to the Calgary/Vancouver game in Calgary on April 5,” said Thorne. Aside from the tickets (section 110 row 8) the luckey winners will also receive a $100 prepaid Visa, a $75 meal gift card, and a one-night stay at a Best Western.

Raffle tickets are $10 a piece, and only 300 are being printed.

The Golden Rams will be playing three games on March 10 at 7:45 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4:25 p.m.

“I love coaching them. I feel it’s a huge responsibility to make kids love hockey early,” said AB coach Curt Thorne. “But it’s totally fun, and non-competitive. We’re just working on skill development.”

“Everybody wins at this level,” said Kathy. After a three goal discrepancy they won’t even be keeping score.

“Everyone is just there to have fun.”