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Mini-Ice hockey

PuckChances are, if you’re a parent in the UK, you spend your winter weekends dressed for the Arctic, standing on touchlines watching your child take part in mini-rugby, mini soccer or any number of other sports.

If you’re a parent whose family lives in the high mountains then your weekends are no different – except its mini-ice hockey.

The good news is it’s indoors – the bad news is it’s still freezing.

Yet mini-ice hockey is brilliant. Matches feature 12 rugrats dressed in full ice hockey kit, bouncing off each other as they try to work the puck into the net.

Unlike soccer – where the skill of shooting is relatively easy - shooting in ice hockey is really difficult. Adults shoot whilst skating on one leg as it provides a fixed point to lever off. But skating on one leg is a skill that is tough to master; cue low scoring games and mini-me’s crashing to the ice as they attempt to shoot. The tots bounce up like Webbles (Google it), quickly dust themselves off whilst giving their best “Nothing to see here, move along” look.

Matches are between two squads with half of each squad on the ice at any one time. When the hooter sounds after a couple of minutes the on-field players instantly swarm to the barrier and throw themselves over, whilst the resting half of the squad rush onto the ice through the one available gate; think a bottle of warm champagne emptying when the top comes off!

Played on small pitches across the rink and refereed by the older youngsters mini ice hockey attracts huge numbers and it’s great fun to watch.

As at home, the parents run a tuck shop selling homemade cakes to raise funds for the club.

Same, same but different!

Monsieur Mogul

 

Monsieur Mogul – Our man in La Plagne

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