When I think about what hockey gave me in those years, the first thing that comes to mind is friendship. A lot of the kids we played with over the years are still my friends today. I think for many of us those silly games of shinny saved us. I hate to think what we would have been doing if we didn’t have the game and the friendships to get us through.
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As a goalie parent, Christmas often meant wrapping up hockey equipment for under the tree. We had to buy those gifts as Christmas presents because we needed the year to save for them.
I am 17 years old and I play for 16U Pal Jr. Islanders in Long Island NY. I got into hockey when I was 7 years old. My Dad’s Friend coached a roller hockey team—I loved it so much I wanted to try ice hockey, and I ended up loving it even more.
During this crazy time, I can’t help but think of all of the young players and their billets. The stresses on a player are different now and they have nothing to do with hockey. They are anxious about being away from home, staying healthy and frustrated because they are dealing with a schedule that is changing daily.
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