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Kelly Harbridge and Mike Baldesarra officially signed the paper work Friday to amalgamate Schomberg and NobleKing under King Township Minor Hockey next season.
By Jake Courtepatte
The ink has dried, and King Township Minor Hockey is officially under way.
Executive members of both Schomberg Minor Hockey and NobleKing Minor Hockey met Friday night at the Trisan Centre to put pen to paper to finalize the amalgamation of King's two rep programs under the King Township moniker, nine months after negotiations began.
With the bubbly popped along with King Mayor Steve Pellegrini and councilors Avia Eek, Bill Cober, and Linda Pabst, the organization can now hit the ground running to gear up for its inaugural 2017-18 season.
The King Township Coach Selection Committee has already made their decisions to head each A-level team in the new organization, with tryouts set to begin the weekend of April 22-23 and end the weekend of April 29-30.
Age groups will run from Novice up to Juvenile.
In anticipation of a high level of interest, and with many coaches seeing skaters they have never seen before, the tryout process will give some leeway to help form relationships.
The organization says the first weekend will be focused on assessing skills, with the help of hired outside instructors from Young Guns Hockey to mediate the skate.
The second weekend of tryouts will include scrimmages and simulated game play, with each skater guaranteed a minimum of two skates.
In terms of objectivity, the OMHA has stepped in to help create a Player Evaluation Panel to assist coaches and staff in making roster decisions. The Panel will consist of equal representation from both Schomberg and NobleKing.
An external goaltending coach will also be brought in to help make decisions between the pipes.
The organization also says that the viability of AE level teams will be assessed based on the interest and necessary skill shown at certain age levels.
With decisions to be made at a later date, only players who attend A-level tryouts and are not offered a spot will be given the opportunity to make the AE team.
With submissions for the new name, logo, and team colours now closed, all three will be unveiled to the public in late April.
The new King association will only form all rep hockey programs for both NobleKing and Schomberg, with their Local League programs as well as house league programs remaining independent.
For more information, visit www.kingminorhockey.com.
Excerpt: The ink has dried, and King Township Minor Hockey is officially under way. Executive members of both Schomberg Minor Hockey and NobleKing Minor Hockey met Friday night at the Trisan Centre to put pen to paper to finalize the amalgamation of King’s two rep programs under the King Township moniker, nine months after negotiations began.
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