On the floor of the locker room at Budweiser Gardens, a group of London Knights players gathered for a game of “mini sticks” Wednesday afternoon.

Armed with souvenir miniature plastic sticks, the teenagers whacked at a foam ball from their knees while trying to score into the “net” – or in this case the doorway out of the locker room. The players not participating in the hyper-competitive game stood by and cheered.

Playing mini sticks is a way for the youthful players to unwind and have some fun after a demanding on-ice practice session that lasted for over an hour.

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