I cannot believe that today was Austin’s last official game as an ice puppy. I loved this program so very much. Next season Austin goes to Minor novice. Thank you Meadowvale Ice puppy program! Austin, Jon and I really enjoyed the last three years and are so happy that we chose Meadowvale to be our hockey family!
Karen G – March 2017
I am speechless, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I could receive such an honour as Coach of the Year! I know that I have shared with many of you how amazing and gratifying this experience has been for me over the past 2 years to be out on the ice with the kids and my family…I get emotional every time I think about it. This is truly an amazing organization with great people volunteering at all levels for one common goal…..the kids having fun while learning to play and amazing sport and building relationships with their peers and mentors.
Thank you so much for this as I share this with my family that also dedicated their time to teaching and mentoring me every week on the ice.
Coach Niki B.
“Even before he learned to skate, our son loved to play hockey. So we started the process at age 3 with Parent and Tot skate which to our surprise, went horribly wrong as our ‘hockey player’ refused to skate. In the end we had to remove him from the program. When the time came to start hockey, I questioned whether he would go on the ice. He did so but with great reservation – basically spending most of his first day lying on the ice. The turning point was when a great coach gave him a stick and encouraged him to shoot on the net. It took him quite some time to skate/crawl there but he was successful. This same coach reassured us that he would be fine and to give him some time. We did and we now have a 9 year old real ‘hockey player’ and we are a real hockey family with the Meadowvale association. Dad is the head coach for two teams with our second son now in the program and our 3 year old daughter anxious to get out on the ice (with a stick and puck-I can’t get her to go to parent and tot either) “
“After trying parent and tot skating and fun skate with my daughter since see was 3 years old, I decided to put her in Meadowvale hockey ice puppies after a great referral from a close friend. I was worried my 4 year old daughter would not participate. She started off slow. It turns out, she loved playing. We had a great coach who encouraged me to be an on ice helper which helped my daughter significantly. She had a great experience and we got to have some (father daughter) quality time on the ice. Even though we moved out of the Mississauga area, we’ll be back at the Meadowvale ice puppy program sept 2014”
“We’ve had two boys go through the Ice Puppy program and we can’t say enough good things about the program. Both of our kids couldn’t skate when they started and within a few weeks you’d never know they were new to the sport. The Coaches are top notch and the parents are great! I can’t imagine leaving the Meadowvale organization after the wonderful 5 years that we’ve had here. I think the Ice Puppy program turned us into a hockey family by the way that they not only taught the kids about hockey but they created a real sense of “team” by engaging the kids and families on and off the ice.”
“Although our son could not really skate I called the Meadowvale Hockey Association to question his ability to play and was told to enrol him, learning to skate was part of the Ice Puppies Program. Not knowing anyone in the Ice Puppies program we enrolled him and off we went to Meadowvale. A few weeks into the season our son was skating and loving the game. We had a great coach who has over the years continued to be a part of our son’s team. 5 years in and our son still loves the game and is now a goalie. Through the Ice Puppies program we have great friends, lots of memories and continued laughter. Looking forward to the start of another great year in September.”
“My family has been with Meadowvale for the last 5 years. Our son Luke was playing ball hockey with some neighbours when he was 4, and the dad asked us if we registered for ice hockey yet. It hadn’t crossed our minds because we thought he was too young. More importantly, Luke had never been on skates so we thought it wouldn’t be possible. Our neighbour told us about the Ice Puppy program and how much fun it was. He took out his cell phone, called a Meadowvale friend and told us we need to be at the rink at 6am that Saturday morning. I had no idea where the rink was, how to dress my son in hockey gear or anything! We were impressed by the warm, caring and helpful Meadowvale coaches and parents. Hockey has been awesome! “
” If you are thinking of registering your child in hockey with the Meadowvale Ice Puppy program… you should. I wasn’t sure if my son was mature enough to start the first year when he was four years old, so I didn’t sign him up. With hindsight being 20/20 I believe that he would have benefited from playing that year. Nonetheless, with his participation in the program during the last two years, he has grown to LOVE the game of hockey. It is an excellent program for many reasons. One of the most significant, I think, is the ability for parent volunteers to help out with practices and games. It increases the coach to player ratio and helps to provide more instruction to more players. Also, the game format of matching skill levels helps to keep all players interested and challenged while maintaining balance. The entire program is focused on skill development combined with having fun. Our experience with Meadowvale has been more than worthwhile.”
“He loved hockey but was too intimidated to play in a league. We finally convinced him to join the Meadowvale’s Ice Puppy program by showing him the website and how the program was geared to accommodate new players.
He looked forward to his first practice but was full of nerves. In his mind, all hockey players were like the Leafs. How could he keep up! Once he saw one of the players go on the ice and fall, he was fine as he could do that too.
The focus of the coaching team was encouragement, mentoring, and fun. With this formula, he quickly evolved into a fun loving hockey player.
The coach also asked if I was available to be one of the assistant coaches. I agreed not know how fulfilling an experience it would be. Playing a part in the development of all the players and seeing the joy of scoring their first goals made taking on the task worth it.”