Good Old Hockey Game Introduced to Kids

Photo of Sara Faruqi By Sara Faruqi,
Toronto Police Service
Published at 3:40 p.m., March 4, 2015

Police officers in 54 Division are introducing Canada’s favourite game to youngsters who might not be able to afford the high cost of the national pastime. The ProAction Hockey League (PAHL) is a free league for community members of Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park – two lower-income neighbourhoods adjacent to the city’s Don Valley. It is funded by ProAction Cops & Kids and coached by officers from 54 Division and community volunteers.

A man kneels in front of a boy in hockey uniform tying his laces on his skates
Coach Dave Besco ties laces and helps kids adjust equipment to ensure they're ready to play
A man kneels in front of a boy in hockey uniform tying his laces on his skates
A close up of girl in a hockey helmet, mask and uniform smiling
A man pats a child in hockey uniform on the helmet as she enters the bench
A child in hockey uniform skating away from a group of three others on a hockey rink
A child in hockey uniform drinks from a water bottle with players sitting alongside of him and others playing on the ice
A man in a TPS baseball cap leans over boards beside children in hockey equipment
A man in a TPS baseball cap holds open the door to the rink for kids in hockey uniform
Two teams of children in hockey uniform shake hands at centre ice