SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 34

Dufferin Hockey By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder Back on March 16 at Pioneer Arena, the Dufferin Hockey Academy completed its fourth successful year. Winnipeg Police Service and Police Cadets have partnered with Dufferin Elementary School, Hugh John MacDonald Junior High and the Freight House Community Centre in a program designed to keep children engaged in a positive, healthy atmosphere. The Dufferin Hockey Academy is aimed primarily at aboriginal youth between the ages of 5 and 13. The program takes place Wednesdays throughout the school year. About 75 kids take part alongside the Winnipeg Police Service and community volunteers. The Dufferin Hockey Academy helps inner-city students gain hockey skills that equal those of other students who play hockey in the City of Winnipeg. Our own James Carey Lauder caught some of the action. l 34 / sportslife