The Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation Department is offering scrub hockey for kids ages 8-12 years this spring. — File photo

Regional District of Nanaimo offers spring hockey

The RDN has a gear-loan program to help out

The spring season is here but it doesn’t mean the end of hockey season.

The ice rinks at Oceanside Place are still going to be busy in the next couple of months as the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Recreation Department is offering more hockey activities that skaters might be interested in engaging in.

Those who love to play may join the Co-ed Hockey League for beginners to intermediate players age 19 and over. It will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 3 to June 21. Games run from 7:45 to 9 p.m.

For those looking for something more competitive, the Spring Hockey League might be just the ticket. It is for players age 19 and over. It will also run April 3 to June 21, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

For kids aged 8-12 years old, scrub hockey is scheduled to be played every Monday night from April 9 to May 28, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

And for adults still wanting to learn the sport, the RDN is offering beginner hockey starting April 9 and running until May 14, every Monday from 8 p.m to 9 p.m. The instructors are Heath Dennison and Nolan Kurceba.

For anyone interested but held back because of lack of gear, the RDN has a gear-loan program to help out. Just contact the arena programmer at 250-248-3252.

Registration is now open for any of the spring hockey programs being offered. Those interested can sign up online at

— NEWS Staff

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