Cochrane Recreational Hockey League is all about loving the sport.

Now 80 players strong, the Cochrane Cougars continue to grow with teams at every division.

Cheryl McKay, Program Coordinator, with Cochrane Rec Hockey, says the league is still structured and competitive, but in a fun atmosphere.

"We are more focused on the fun, learning the skills, and falling in love with the game of hockey."

The big difference between minor hockey and rec hockey seems to be in the time commitment. 

"We want to make it so that our schedule is feasible for most families, we understand that parents are busy and that they have multiple children in multiple different sports and so we are more of a laid back setting where we have one practice once a week and one game once a week."

McKay says there is an increased interest in recreational hockey in many communities across Alberta.

"We have had an increase in our registration over the last few years. I think families are just so busy right now, and we are playing with other communities who are also growing and parents are really excited about the idea of not having to go to the rink at 6 am, and spending 3 or 4 days a week playing hockey."

Expansion is the goal but it also faces some challenges.

"We are hoping to grow our league and offer more opportunities to develop their skills and continue on with hockey. Unfortunately just like all the other communities in Alberta there's a real shortage of ice time available so that makes it really difficult for programs like ours, and other programs that are grassroots to grow."

McKay shares although most rosters are full, they are still recruiting players for Tyke and Midget divisions.

If you would like more information on the program you will find it here or you can contact McKay at 403-613-6258.