A California ice hockey fan was so impressed to learn that the sport is played here that he organized the donation of some $1,500 in equipment for the Castillo Knights, a youth team that plays at the Castillo Country Club`s ice rink located above San Rafael de Heredia.
The Californian, Chris Maltese, also personally accompanied the equipment to Costa Rica.
“What an experience it has been,” he said in an Internet account. “The coaching staff is great, the kids are a ton of fun and really seem to be enjoying this sport that is certainly not common to Central America.” He noted that the Castillo ice rink is the only one in Central American and the Caribbean.
Long-time coach and founder of the program, Bruce Callow, said that hockey is an expensive sport and one of the biggest challenges the program faces is properly outfitting its players.
He said the gear included 32 new composite lightweight sticks. “We are already seeing the positive results of using the lightweight composite sticks as our younger players are shooting and passing with greater confidence and enjoying the game even more.”
He said that the program and the team would like to thank Maltese for all his hard work in making this donation a reality.
Information about the Castillo Knights hockey program is available from Callow at firstname.lastname@example.org