Triport girls bantam forward Mercedes Trevor listens as Kyra Tuck explains the finer points of her stick's blade during the all-girls hockey jamboree at Chilton Regional Arena Saturday.

Girls jamboree a hit

More than 30 participants turned out Saturday for a first-of-its kind, all-girls hockey jamboree.

Gazette staff

PORT McNEILL—More than 30 participants turned out Saturday for a first-of-its kind, all-girls hockey jamboree, impressing organizers from the Port McNeill Minor Hockey Association.

Aided by adult coaches and players from the TriPort bantam girls Wild She-devils team, young hockey hopefuls, including a couple skating for the first time, were put through a series of skating and puck-handling drills.

Following a break for lunch, it was back to the ice for a puck-toss event in which the youngsters tried to land their pucks closest to a series of prizes.

The event then wrapped up with a scrimmage, with younger skaters facing off against similarly skilled players and the more veteran big girls squaring off on shift changes.

The event was used to help promote a proposed Intro to Girls Hockey Program in Port McNeill, set to begin with practices each Sunday beginning Oct. 14. For information or to register for the girls program, call Lisa Brown at 250-956-2224.