The highlight of the week

Story by Jeff Gard/Total Sports Quinte
At the end of a busy work week, Justin Davidson loves spending time at the rink. Two of his sons play in the Belleville Minor Hockey Association’s house league hockey program.

Connor, his oldest, plays U13 while Riley, the middle child, plays U11. Both started around the age of four or fivein Timbits. “It’s the highlight of my weekend,” Davidson said. “I enjoy watching the boys make good plays, whether scoring themselves or a great assist or a good backcheck to steal the puck. Watching the coaches push them and the advancements individually and also as a team against other teams.”

Both play ball hockey in Belleville as well and Connor has played two years of rep soccer in Belleville. Riley has played soccer as well as both started playing around the same age they did for hockey.

The winter, of course, is all about hockey. “They both love playing hockey with their school friends and making new friends that they play with or against from year to year,” Davidson said, adding the kids enjoy the referees being on the ice calling the game and having the scoreboard, like an NHL game. “They enjoy learning ways to skate faster and quicker turning,” Davidson said. “Also how to skate with their head up and looking for a pass.”

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