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    Roller hockey coming this spring

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    Local realtor Jason Anderson, holds up a mock up of the new Langdon Hounds jersey. Anderson is working to start up a roller hockey club for Langdon and area. Registration opened Feb. and the season starts in April. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

    Local Realtor Jason Anderson is bringing roller hockey back to Langdon this spring.
    “We’re just getting it started up again,” he said.
    The Langdon Hounds roller hockey club is accepting registration for coed teams ranging from U8 to U16.
    Registration opened on Feb. 1 and goes until March 31.
    So far, Anderson said they have seen a huge response in registration for the U8 team.
    “It’s a lot of kids that are…developing for their next year novice or next year atom (hockey),” said Anderson.
    Anderson, a former roller hockey player who played for team Alberta, is looking to bring another option for sport to local kids and to share the opportunity and experience that he had with them.
    The teams’ home rink will be at the Indus arena.
    “They can play at least half their games out in the Indus arena and half their games in the City of Calgary,” said Anderson, “so at least it cuts down on half the travel.”
    Although very similar to traditional ice hockey, there are some key difference between the two sports; going deeper than just what the players have on their feet.
    Roller hockey is played with 4 players plus a goalie per side. There are also different strategies employed for defense and offence.
    “In roller hockey there’s a little bit of a different technique in regards to skating,” said Anderson.
    Roller hockey tends to be higher scoring with goal tending being a bit more of a challenge.
    “They don’t get to slide across the crease to get to the other side very quickly,” he said.
    Despite these differences roller hockey is a great place to learn and develop new skills.
    “It’s just a great to learn different skills,” said Anderson.
    The season starts with a three-day skills camp in Calgary on the first weekend in April. The seasons runs until the end of June.
    “There’s a lot of people…that enjoy ice hockey and it’s just a continuation of the year,” he said.
    For more information about the Langdon Hounds contact Anderson at (587) 999-8725 or jasonanderson@remax.net.
    To register go to calgaryrollerhockey.com and follow the registration link.