By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Junior Hockey Association hosted its annual Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend at the Thayer Arena, and once again, hundreds of local players hit the ice to compete. With 25 teams and roughly 300 players spanning across
The Warwick Junior Hockey Association hosted its annual Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend at the Thayer Arena, and once again, hundreds of local players hit the ice to compete.
With 25 teams and roughly 300 players spanning across multiple age groups, WJHA continues to be one of the top youth hockey programs in the state.
As a non-profit, volunteer-run organization whose funds go directly toward helping local hockey families within the organization, WJHA is excited to drop the puck on another winter season and to serve the Warwick hockey community.
“We have always been a community program and I can speak to this since I started playing in this league when I was 4 years old, said WJHA program director Mike Nelson. “We have always been community driven, we have always tried to keep the cost down. We always work to find ways to make hockey affordable for kids when hockey wouldn’t be affordable to them otherwise.”
Giving local kids the opportunity to compete in the sport at a reasonable rate and providing a first-class experience has always been the goal of the program, which is currently in its 60th year of existence.
WJHA hopes to have another great season, and appreciates the continued partnership that is has developed with the city of Warwick over the years.
“That is why so many people come back to us every year, we make it manageable and we keep the price to a minimum. Hockey is an expensive sport unfortunately, and we are able to be significantly underpriced compared to many of the other youth hockey programs in the state whether they be profit or non-profit. We have been able to do that because the city has always treated us so well,” said Nelson. “It has always been good working with the city and they do a great job with ice time, keeping the cost down and things like that.”
Along with the standard league schedule, the WJHA will also be hosting other un events at Thayer and Warburton this winter including “Learn to Skate” sessions as well as various skills clinics.
For more information, check out wjha.com.