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WRHA RULES THE RINK IN WELLINGTON Wellington Roller Hockey Association’s Fall Season Gets Underway This Month

BY MIKE MAY

(Left to right) Wellington Roller Hockey Team Panthers; the Bruins in action against the Panthers; and Wellington Roller Hockey Team Bruins.

The Wellington Roller Hockey Association, an official Village of Wellington sports provider, is gearing up for its 27th season. Typically, the players are 5 to 18 years old and are divided into three programs: Prep for ages 6 to 13, Juniors for ages 13 to 18 and Learn to Skate for beginner skaters of all ages. The league year typically starts in September/October and runs through early March. Registration for the fall program will begin on Sept. 12. According to WRHA Vice President Stuart Warszycki, the group provides a

great and affordable athletic opportunity for local children. “With weekly practices and 15 to 20 games per season, we pride ourselves on being the best deal in town at $150 per skater or $125 with a sibling discount,” Warszycki said. “We have playoffs and a prep skills competition late in the year. Our league plays out of Village Park. Some players in our league also play ice hockey at Skate Zone, with several advanced skaters playing on the travel team.” According to Warszycki, the league has been averaging 80 to 90 players

over the last five years, but the league saw a dip last year due to the pandemic. However, the registration numbers so far this year are ahead of last year’s pace. Having a good attitude is the foundation for success with the WRHA. Sportsmanship is a key theme, and all players, parents and coaches sign a code of ethics at the start of each season. A few tenets from the player covenant include promises to participate with good sportsmanship at every practice and game, working hard to do well in school, and remembering that lose or win, it’s about how they play that matters. wellington the magazine | september 2021 35

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