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Cool as ice: PTC Hockey keeps sport alive for all ages

Peachtree City Hockey Association teams are accustomed to excellence on the ice.

The Atlanta Thrashers flew north for Canada in 2011, but the spirit of hockey lives on in Peachtree City. Open to players of all ages, the Peachtree City Hockey Association is home to roller hockey enthusiasts from five-years-old to their mid-50s.
Local hockey started as a true grass roots movement in the mid-1990s in a middle school parking lot. In 2001, they moved into their new home, the Kedron Multipurpose Rink next to the aquatic center.
When the Thrashers left, it put a dent in the sport in the area, but it did not stop PTC Hockey. They still host a popular rec league. Starting with practice in August, teams gear up for a September start. The season runs through May, but that isn’t all. There will be a holiday break including an All-Star and Skills weekend, just like in the NHL.
PTC Hockey does field select teams that play in tournaments all over the country during the summer. Those teams are assembled via tryouts.
For a little bit of school pride, they also have teams for McIntosh, J.C. Booth, and Rising Starr. While they do not have an official connection with the schools, the teams do compete under the same logo and colors. They do it well, too. The McIntosh squad has won the championship nearly every season for a decade.
Signups are ongoing and are especially encouraged before the second half of the season kicks off. For more information, visit www.ptchockey.com.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.