After many years of volunteering with the Meadowvale Minor Hockey Association to help players at different ages and skill levels, the newfound joys of dedicating time to this activity still amazes us. At Meadowvale Minor Hockey, we aim, through the sport, to help players mature and develop on and off the ice.
Hockey helps kids to make lasting friendships, learn teamwork and leadership. The embrace by the whole family of the player to the game and the team are outside of our control and are often overlooked, except in the eyes of the player where they are so impactful and meaningful. The support of the family to a player is crucial to the player’s outlook and enjoyment. As a result, last season we asked Meadowvale Minor Hockey players to share their unique family experiences that stemmed out of their experience by making drawings from their own perspective about their family members.
Essentially we asked for the players to share their precious memories, routines and rituals from any of their family members, each one titled: My Hockey Mom, My Hockey Dad, My Hockey Brother, My Hockey Sister, My Hockey Grandparents or My Hockey Family. The response we had from our players was so amazing that it had to be shared so that other people can appreciate the complete experience through the eyes of children playing with Meadowvale Minor Hockey.
We like to say, ‘Meadowvale, more than hockey, it’s family!’
Coach Niki Beneteau