TRENTON – Everybody wins at the Timbit Jamboree.
© AMANDA JESS - THE NEWS
New Glasgow players celebrate at the end of their game with Westville during the annual Timbit Jamboree. Games were played all day at the Trenton Arena, with members of the Weeks Crushers taking part throughout the day.
Approximately 20 teams from Pictou County were matched up with three leagues at the tournament on Saturday in Trenton.
“The only goal is to have fun,” Tim Hortons franchise owner Jim Shaw said.
Although the games are non-competitive with no score kept, the jamboree serves as a way for them to see how they match up with other teams.
Most of what they do is practicing, assistant coach for the Westville novice intermediate team, Luke Austin, said, with the day of play allowing them to get a full game in.
It also gave their first experience with off sides and icing.
Austin said it’s a steep learning curve, but as long as they’re having fun, that’s all that matters.
“I like that we get to show them hockey can be fun.”
He said the little league teaches them about discipline and the dynamics of a team, working together towards a common goal.
Shaw said the jamboree and the Timbit league is part of their support for the community.
Tim Hortons sponsors and outfits the teams each year.
Happy kids, Weeks Crushers referees and lots of cooperation from the coaches made for a successful day, Shaw said.
“You can tell when you give out the medals, they’re really excited,” he said, adding that each young hockey hopeful receives a medal and a Sidney Crosby colouring book.
Approximately 400 kids took part.
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