Nathalie Dillon sports editor
The Crookston Youth Hockey Recruiting Committee met at the Irishman Shanty on Thursday April 7 to discuss ways to bring more kids into the program.
The group was formed when the Blue Line Club (BLC), whose primary focus is fundraising, contacted Danielle Sylvester, asking her to lead the committee.
Sylvester, who was a member of the 2007 women’s hockey team that went to the state, runs the Mini Mite program and has two sons in hockey, so she knows the logistics of the sport. She is joined by other parents and hockey coaches, such as Emily Meyer, the women’s team head coach, and Kristin Hardy, wife of men’s team head coach Joshua Hardy, who bring a fresh perspective to the goal at hand.
The committee hopes to increase enrollment in Crookston’s youth hockey program as 50% of children no longer participate in sports. This season alone, there were around 80 players in the entire program, more than half of them in Mini Mites. One team had just nine players, enough for a line with three more on the bench.
During the meeting, the committee discussed a bus system, program-wide match shirts, game and game schedules, and pizza events as a few methods to increase interest. for the program. However, they are always looking for help.
If you would like to join the committee or submit an idea, you can contact BLC Director Kristy Swanson (scammer [email protected] OR 218-470-0423), Jake Solberg of Parks & Rec, Mike Enright who coaches the students second and third year or Sylvester. You can also help by taking a survey that will be released later this month.
“If you have a kid on the program, I want to hear your voice,” Sylvester said.
To keep up to date with the program, you can follow the Blue Line Club Facebook page or visit their website (www.crookstonbluelinehockey.com).