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Winter is just getting going, officially, although it doesn’t seem like that, given the amount of snow fallen so far. Surviving the “longest quarter” comes down in large part to getting out there and being active. Canada’s game, hockey, fits the bill very nicely for the families of around 13,000 young players in Calgary.

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Many of them compete in hockey tournaments, played in just about every arena over two or three days in December, usually between four teams. Alongside the on-ice action come various fund raising activities, my own favourite being the Puck Toss.

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Think of it like curling but with smaller, numbered missiles, propelled from the stands by the players and parents towards centre ice. The one closest to the face off dot wins half the cash.

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Dr. J. Ashley Nixon is a documentary photographer, writer, filmmaker, and university teacher, with a Ph.D. in ecology. His exploration of people, places, and performance focuses on sustainability themes, music, dance, art & design, and sports.

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