When it comes to hockey, for me anyway, we tend to think of NHL greats like Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby but often times we forget about where those greats and super greats all started. They started with their own Minor Hockey teams in their own small towns. It is the weekly practices as well as the wins and losses of those teams that makes a team and grows a young hockey player. These teams inspire minds and develop young stars to become the adults of tomorrow. But what inspires someone to pick up a stick and chase a puck around a frozen pond or rink?
In the case of Kenzie Wadden, head coach of the Glace Bay Minor Hockey Pee Wee A team, it was his dad. “When I moved up to Novice he decided that he would like to start coaching. He then coached me every year until my last year of Pee Wee. It was great having my dad there to help me along and teach me the game the way he knows it. I picked up my love of the game through him, and that’s what I remember most of my childhood, playing hockey with him, watching hockey and collecting hockey cards. He has been a great help since I started coaching as well, helping me out making drills and going down to watch as many games as he can.”
The team has had a great season this year with a 19-5-1 record. “We had one tournament so far where we went 5-0 to win the championship. The boys played great that tournament, scoring a combined 23 goals for and only allowing 11 goals in the 5 games,” Kenzie said. Now they have two tournaments left on March 10-12th and March 29th- April 2nd. The top goal scorer for the team this year is Riley White and the leader in assists is Brady Doucette. The Pee Wee A team includes 15 skaters and two goaltenders ranging in age from 11-13. Wadden points out though that, “We don’t look too much into the individual stats for our team, we look at the wins and the losses. Hockey is a team game, so we depend on everyone to do their part.”
This year the team has submitted an entry in the “Good Deed Cup.” In order to qualify teams must submit a one-minute video of themselves performing a good deed in their community. This year they visited Veterans at Taigh Na Mara, a Veterans nursing home in Glace Bay, to spend some time handing out cupcakes, cookies, a plant and a valentine’s card for each person. I have posted a link to the video on the video page of my website at www.myglacebay.com/video/.
Hockey is a great way to make friends and adds to a healthy active lifestyle. Whether we are playing on the road, the ice or practicing shots in your basement, playing hockey for some can be very rewarding. Glace Bay has a rich hockey history with two of our residents past and current making it into the NHL, Doug Sulliman, is a former NHL hockey star and Logan Shaw is currently playing in the league. Makes one proud to buy Minor Hockey tickets. Hey, you just never know what our kids are capable of achieving!
Congrats to the Glace Bay Minor Hockey Pee Wee A Team for becoming one of the finalists in the Good Deed Cup this Year. The team was given $2000 plus an additional $2000 to donate to charity. Please don’t forget to vote for them on March 22, 2017 for this year’s Good Deed cup winner! You can place your vote at www.chevrolet.ca.
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