By Carter Brooks
Photo courtesy of the CSSHL
The Rink Hockey Academy will be on the receiving end of a face-lift, as the program has announced the intentions of icing a female program.
The female midget team will hit the ice in September 2019, practicing/training out of The Rink Hockey Academy's brand new facility located in Oak Bluff. The female midget team will begin play in the 2019-20 season, playing within the Canadian Sport School Hockey League - much like their male counterparts.
This news comes as no surprise, as the RHA Nationals have already put together three solid years of hockey within three different male age categories, and the introduction of a female team was considered 'only a matter of time'. The Rink Hockey Academy currently sports a Midget Prep team, a Bantam Prep team and an Elite 15s squad.
Team members of the RHA Nationals attend Shaftesbury High School, where they follow a modified schooling structure, to allow for on and off-ice practicing/training throughout the hockey season. The teams travel throughout Canada and the United States, competing against some of the the highest level of prep hockey teams within North America. This opportunity provides the players of RHA with much exposure, typically leading to further hockey opportunities down the road.
Applications for both the male and the brand new female teams for the 2019-20 season are now open on the RHA Nationals website.