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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