These last few years the girls hockey team has gone to St. Cloud Youth Hockey practices and learn to skate sessions to spend some time with the kids. We do this as a way to give back to the community that got us where we are today, playing high school hockey with all our friends. Our job while there is to make sure the children are having fun and to teach them what we know. Our goal is to try and get them to want to be there and fall in love with the game of hockey. We usually play tag with the kids, pass with them, sometimes the kids even challenge us to races and they always seem to find a way to win. Most of the time the kids just follow us around and play follow the leader.
I love going to these practices, we try to go to as many as we can every year. It’s so cool to see the kids get so excited when they see us there. It really makes you feel good about what you’re doing. Sometimes it gets overwhelming when they’re all chasing you around but then I look up at all of their happy faces and all the smiling faces of my teammates and see that sometimes a little frustration is worth it for all the fun I get to have and for everything I’m blessed with. The best is when we come back to another practice and the kids remember us and call us by name or sometimes we’ll see them at our games and it’s cool to have a little fan club. But it’s not about getting fans, my favorite part is the fact that we get to put a smile on their faces and help them love the game I love a little more.