If you haven’t guessed yet- our family loves hockey and we love our extended hockey families too. I grew up with a Dad who played goalie- which means he would be playing for three or four teams at any given time so they weren’t left short. I found that also meant that I grew up loving the goalies of the NHL teams more than the teams themselves. I grew up with Roy, Belfour, Brodeur, Joseph, Hasek and did I say Brodeur?? Marty still stands out as one of my favorites. We just love that Creedyn chose to be a goalie- even if it means you have to have a little bit of crazy in there to allow someone to fire pucks at you ;) And James has just started skating and trying to shoot the puck.
With having a family of hockey players I thought I would touch on how much it means to us to share our love of hockey with all our friends and family. Ryan takes the time (a lot of time) to put up an outdoor rink- complete with boards, netting and lights so everyone we know and love can come and enjoy a skate or a quick game of hockey. It’s great to see teenagers out on the ice on a Friday night, helping to teach James and any other child to learn to skate. We love seeing our friends kids learn to skate in our yard as well- with our kids on deck to show them what to do.
We also love the sense of family that comes with our fellow hockey families each year. We freeze our butts off all over the province watching our kids play their hearts out- win or lose. Their teammates become their life long friends. They learn to be respectful together, and what hard work and discipline is all about.
Having an arena in town means Friday night hockey watching the Thamesford Trojans play. We see old and young come out and together enjoy a great game. Our arena also gives us the option to give back to the community. We tried hosting our first family skate for clients last year, and our clients loved it! This year we are sponsoring the public skate Dec 23 so everyone gets to come out and skate for free. We want to know everyone gets a chance to get out, learn to skate our get out and skate with your friends and family.
Lastly- I love when we can get together at a house, bring some snacks and watch anything from the London Knights, to the Leafs (my team) or Habs (Ryan’s) to cheering our hearts out watching our olympic teams go for gold. It’s pretty amazing to experience our country win gold with your community. I know my love for community hockey runs deep.