CHAZY - There's a new team coming to town.
After a great turnout of youngsters during the winter hockey season, the Chazy Youth Hockey board of directors made the decision to add the Mini Mites to the Spring Hockey League.
The winter season was also the first in many years to have a Mini Mites team as well, due to a great turnout of coaches to help out.
"We had, I think, six to eight coaches on the ice almost every single practice," explained Mini Mites team representative April Fessette, whose husband, Eric, is head coach.
"They were so dedicated and great with the kids," she added.
The Mini Mites, children who were born since 2003, actually began as an initiation program which taught kids how to skate and other skills.
"The kids were just going out there and pushing around milk crates and just learning to skate," Fessette explained. "Then, we bump them up to IP2 [the next level] where they learn to skate, but we would let them have sticks on the ice and that kind of thing."
For the Mini Mites, however, the coaches will take things a step further.
"My husband is trying to teach them more about skating with the sticks and a little bit more about hockey and getting involved," said Fessette.
During the winter season, the Mini Mites played against other youth hockey teams in the area including Plattsburgh; and Rouses Point and Vermont teams from St. Albans and Milton. During the spring, with the season taking place from March 1 to April 7, the Chazy Mini Mites will be the only ones in the area, so the kids will be split into different teams to go up against each other. They will only be on the ice for games, as no practices will be planned. However, according to Fessette, there is much more to the games than just scoring.