Coach Alec Venechuk shares a laugh with a group of players during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Alec Venechuk shares a laugh with a group of players during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Students of the game: Intro hockey classes in full swing

Future Gretzkys.

Each year a new batch of youth hockey players hit the ice at Treadwell Arena.

This season, eight Juneau-Douglas Ice Association coaches work with about 35 to 40 kids each Saturday from October through early March.

Gear is provided and sessions are partly by a Youth Activity Grant provided by the City and Borough of Juneau’s Parks & Recreation Department.


• This is a report by Steve Quinn.


Two of JDIA’s introductory players race toward a puck at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Two of JDIA’s introductory players race toward a puck at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Jim deLabreure helps one of JDIA’s youth players enjoy a break during a recent practice at Treadwell Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Jim deLabreure helps one of JDIA’s youth players enjoy a break during a recent practice at Treadwell Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Heather Brandon helps a few players rehydrate during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Heather Brandon helps a few players rehydrate during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coaches Alec Venechuk and Darryl Tseu share some laughs with a few JDIA youth players during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coaches Alec Venechuk and Darryl Tseu share some laughs with a few JDIA youth players during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Dan Fabrello shoots a quick smile at a JDIA youth player during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Dan Fabrello shoots a quick smile at a JDIA youth player during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Allison Smith watches a player during a stick handling drill at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Allison Smith watches a player during a stick handling drill at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Eliza Dorn works closely with a young girl during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

Coach Eliza Dorn works closely with a young girl during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

A young JDIA player gets ready to begin a relay race during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

A young JDIA player gets ready to begin a relay race during a recent practice at Treadwell Ice Arena. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Quinn)

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