Fun Hockey was set up to intentionally be different than Minor Hockey. Westlock Fun Hockey (WFH) is a member of the FunTeam Alberta network. FunTeam Alberta and WFH have a commitment to make hockey accessible to more families. There is great value in team sport, but until Fun Hockey was started by Dr. Randy Gregg, many kids had no opportunity to play. There is nothing wrong with the minor hockey system, but it is not possible for many families to make the commitment of time or money that minor hockey requires. WFH, and other Fun Hockey teams, are committed to keeping fees as low as possible, and provide families assistance in obtaining financial subsidies. The WFH teams play other teams that are generally no more than an hour drive from Westlock in order to give the players an opportunity to play without making travel time and costs a barrier. WFH and the other Fun Hockey teams are not competition for the minor hockey league. If the kids were not playing Fun Hockey, they would likely not be playing hockey. It is Canada's national sport, and WFH just wants to make it possible for more kids to participate in this national passion.
As stated earlier, there is great value in team sport, and Fun Hockey is uniquely positioned to add further value. The focus is less on competition and more on creating a love of hockey and an abundance of fun. Besides the usual value of team sport in working as a team, because Fun Hockey has larger age ranges within a team, older players on the team become mentors and help the younger players. They are very careful and support the smaller players so that it is enjoyable for everyone. Unlike other sports leagues, if a game is particularly lopsided, the stronger team will often trade some of their better players for players on the opposition team in order to even the playing field. The goal is to ensure that all of the players enjoy the experience. Fun Hockey parents are often heard cheering for excellent plays by either team. There is competition, but it is not the primary goal.
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