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Muslim ball hockey bridges gap for youth minorities

Sticks are clashing, players are yelling, shots ring off the boards and the buzzer sounds. It looks and sounds like your typical hockey game at the local arena, except for one minor detail – no one is white.

Hockey, habitually known as Canada’s favourite sport, takes a spin on Saturdays as Muslim enthusiasts line the corridors at the Stephen Leacock Arena. Sixteen teams comprised entirely of Muslims embody the Madina Hockey League (MHL), a ball hockey league for those aged 15 and up.

But these aren’t just pickup games of shinny, they’re every bit as intense as one would expect a hockey game to be.

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Birchmount Panthers claw their way towards finals

(This is my first re-cap of a hockey game. Hopefully it’s the first of many to come!!)

Justin Karavonopolous of the York Mills Titans hauls down a Birchmount Panther late in the game Wednesday. The Panthers' 3-1 win ensured their berth in the North/East Region Tier 1 finals.

Patrick Jackson scored a thrilling game-winning goal on a solo rush to help theBirchmount Park Panthers defeat the York Mills Titans 3-1 on Wednesday.

Just 54 seconds into the final period, Jackson rushed the puck up centre ice, squeaked past a defender at the blue line and sniped the puck into the far side of the net.

The goal sealed a berth for the Panthers in the North/East Region Tier 1 final against first-place Sir Oliver Mowat.

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