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Refuge in hockey: Sports knows no boundaries

In a world tearing itself apart, there are people holding it together with heartwarming initiatives. The hockey initiation program by the Gloucester Centre Minor Hockey Association is one such powerful ray of hope. Syrian refugee children take to the ice to learn Canada’s national winter sport. Armed with their hockey sticks and an ear-to-ear smile, these kids fumble, tumble, get back up and light up the arena. In the words of Allan Martel, a volunteer at the program, “Kids are kids, regardless of where they come from.”


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