Rabbit launches hockey skills company while waiting to resume pro career

Ideally, Wacey Rabbit would be getting ready to leave his home now to prepare for another season of professional hockey.

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sports at all levels have been anything but normal in 2020.

As a result, Rabbit, a member of Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) in Alberta, is not packing his bags quite yet for Florida to take on his role of player/assistant coach with the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen for the 2020-21 campaign. The 33-year-old centre has spent portions of the past three seasons with the Icemen in a circuit considered two steps below the National Hockey League.

This past month, however, officials with the ECHL announced its squads would not be opening their training camps as they usually do in September, followed by an early October regular season commencement. Instead, the league is now targeting a Dec. 4 start date for its upcoming campaign.

“I was

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Vancouver Minor Hockey Association unveils synthetic ice sheet for skill development

VANCOUVER —
Normally, at this time of year, minor hockey teams across the province would be gearing up to hit the ice, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put a chill on the start of this season.

The Vancouver Minor Hockey Association has a synthetic solution that’s helping players maintain their skills while waiting until it’s safe to get going.

An artificial ice sheet, made of plastic, mimics the feel of real ice and allows players to use their regular hockey skates.

“It’s a bit hard and it sticks a lot. But other than that, it’s really realistic and fun,” said 12-year-old Jacob Amos as he and two teammates worked on their shots.

The synthetic surface is the centrepiece of VMHA’s new, state-of-the art training facility in a converted warehouse in an industrial park on Mitchell Island.

The space also includes a classroom area for off-ice instruction and a fully-equipped gym

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Hockey players begin training with basic exercise, to work on skill development next: Graham Reid | Hockey News

NEW DELHI: The Indian men’s hockey core group will focus on skill development in the next few weeks after restarting the national camp with basic training, head coach Graham Reid said on Saturday, trying to overcome from the jolt of six players contracting Covid-19.
Captain Manpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, Varun Kumar, Krishan Bahadur Pathak and Mandeep Singh tested positive for the virus between August 10 and 12 and were admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru.
Five players have recovered since then but Surender was readmitted to the hospital on Thursday after developing swelling on his arm. The other five may have to serve some more time in isolation before they join their teammates.

The remaining players began basic sports activities from Wednesday with focus on aerobic exercise.
“We will be using these next few weeks to work on everyone’s development plan and focus on skill development while we

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