Lillooet's minor hockey teams are more than halfway through their seasons and are doing themselves and their community proud in league play.
In the oldest age group, the Midgets, the Lillooet Pistons Integrated team is 8-1 (8 wins - 1 loss) and has outscored their opponents 53-10. Heading into last weekend's play, Lillooet sat in second place in their league standings behind Merritt (5-0) because the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA) ranks teams in their leagues by fewest losses. They are playing in a five-team league this season.
The Midget Girls are playing in a tough seven-team league which features teams from Kelowna and Penticton amongst others. After 12 games the Girls sat in fourth place in their league with a 5-6-1 record.
The Bantam Integrated team is having a great season. After 11 games they are 8-3 and sit in third place in their six-team league. The Pistons have outscored their opponents 71-28.
The Peewee Integrated team is also in the hunt for their league title. After 12 games they are 9-3 and have outscored their opponents 65-32. They currently sit in third in their seven-team league.
Unfortunately the Peewee Girls found themselves without a girls league to play in this season and so are playing in the OMAHA Integrated league. Undaunted, the Girls have won three games and are currently in sixth place in the league.
The Lillooet Atoms have outscored their opponents 50-46 and are currently sitting in fourth place in their six-team league with a record of 4-5.
Our association also has teams in the Novice and Initiation divisions, though there are no leagues for those teams to play in so they are picking up exhibition games when they can.
Our association is strong again this season with about 130 kids registered - a very healthy number in comparison to other small town associations. We have a solid volunteer base as dozens of people have stepped up to serve as coaches, managers, safety personnel and executives, not to mention the many other parent helpers.