BY DAN MCNEE
LISTOWEL – Taking 2,500 shots over a five-week period is no cakewalk.
Dozens of Listowel Minor Hockey players accepted the organization’s 2,500 Puck Challenge at the beginning of November, but there were only a handful of shooters left standing when the competition ended last week. Participants aged Novice to Midget were required to take 100 shots a day for five weeks in order to improve their accuracy, release and velocity.
Those who completed the challenge were entered into a draw to win a new Bauer Vapor APX II hockey stick, with Atom AE Cyclones captain Jayannth Ravi selected as the winner during LMH’s Friday Night Skills Clinic for Atom and Novice-aged players on Dec. 12 at Memorial Arena.
Ravi, 10, completed his shots in the location in which so many Canadian kids spend a lot of their time over the long winter months– in the family garage firing pucks at a road hockey net.
“I’m pretty good on my backhand,” said Ravi, who will turn 11 in January.
Ravi added that he believes the various shots in his arsenal have improved since starting out on the 2,500 Puck Challenge.
“Shooting the puck is what I like the most (about hockey),” said the Detroit Red Wings fan. “But skating is really good too.”