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With no ice in any arenas in the province, Alliston Hornets forward Adam Hoppe said physical training during the off-season is an important part of maintaining his athletic ability and hockey skills while teams wait to find out what will happen with the 2020 / 21 season.
“It's crazy to take it all in,” Adam said of the fact that hockey, as a sport, is currently on hold. “At the moment our coach has got us doing off-ice workouts - a lot of runs and a lot of off ice training. I don't think any of us have gone this length of time without ice. We do dry-land training and keep in shape and focus on workouts that develop good hockey habits.”
Adam has completed three seasons with the Hornets and has two more eligible years in Junior hockey.
He played minor hockey in Barrie moving up the divisions and was playing Major Midget AAA when he was recruited to play for the Hornets by Alliston general manager Blair Molto, for the 2017 / 18 season.
“For anyone who's playing minor hockey and is thinking about playing Junior hockey, Alliston is definitely an amazing place for growing hockey players,” Adam said of playing with the team.
The Hornets' season came to an abrupt end this year when hockey was cancelled after the first game of their Division championships series against the Stayner Siskins.
Adam said the team was stunned when they were told that it would be their final game. They were given the news after the second period and resolved to go out and win their final game.
“Obviously the players knew what was going on with the world at that time,” Adam said. “We went into the series thinking this would be the last kick at the can – thinking that we would be at least able to finish our season. The next thing you know we were told, between the second and third period, that this would be our last and final game. I remember looking at the four overage players and the look on their faces were awful. They thought they would have a few more weeks of hockey and suddenly they were faced with a do-or-die situation. It was heartbreaking for those guys who worked so hard to get to that point. Our coach had a talk with us and circled us all together. We all had our arms around each other and we thought, if this is our last game, lets go out and win it.”
The Hornets did win their final game leaving the ice with a 7 – 4 win in the March 12, game.
Currently most municipalities have closed sports venues until September 7, meaning any tryouts of league schedules will have to be put together in a hurry.
“We're playing it by ear,” Adam said. “We've heard that September or October will be the start of the season. That goes for picking teams and adjusting to new players and coaching staff. It's going to be a late start. Everything is going to be delayed and we have to make adjustments for that.”
Players will have to stay in shape over the summer so they will be ready to play once the ice is back in the arena.
By Brian Lockhart
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