Timbits Jamboree rules the rink

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

 The Pembroke Memorial Centre was bustling Saturday, as it hosted the 18th annual Timbits Jamboree.


The event, which rotates to different locations each year within the Ottawa Valley, offers minor hockey players just starting out a chance to develop hockey skills in a non-competitive environment.

A total of 285 minor hockey players from Pembroke, Petawawa, Deep River, Arnprior, Renfrew, Beachburg, Barry's Bay, Cobden, Westmeath and Eganville hit the rink with one particular goal in mind - to have fun.

The players, all between the ages of 4-7 years, took part in a skills relay and a mini-game in sessions roughly an hour long. With the help of a small army of volunteers and sponsor Tim Hortons, the day was a busy one.

Nancy McCluskey, the co-owner of three Tim Hortons in Pembroke, said all franchaises are chipping in to make this day a memorable one for the kids, while introducing the next generation to the game of hockey.

The restaurants supply jerseys, medals and refreshments for all participants.

“We get having kids be active and in a team environment,” McCluskey said, noting it is as fun for the adults as well, watching kids pick up the fundamentals of hockey.

The unsung heroes of the Jamboree are the volunteer coaches who spent their Saturday instructing the kids on puck shooting, puck blocking in the net and various skating techniques.

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