The Novice team is made up of players aged 7-9 this year. With only 12 players, they have a huge range of skill. When you consider that these kids barely knew each other at the beginning of the year, the bonds they have forged coming up to the end of the season are quite remarkable.
What this team is missing in points, they definitely make up for in teamwork. Each player has his/her own talents, and it has been amazing to watch them develop their skills and start to gravitate towards their preferred positions. We start with our goalies: Quinn, the backstop and Kyle, who displays the spirit for the team. Dylan is the muscle on the team, and Kirk brings his mojo out to hold the defensive line. Curtis, or CrazyLegs, is the breakaway king, along with Trent, who is our leading scorer. Josh, our new kid on the block, is showing amazing improvement considering he is only 2 months into his hockey career. Cameron, also a first year player, takes a ‘lickin and keeps on tickin.’ Annabelle is the all around powerhouse, and Trenton is the puck-handler on the team. Keaton wears his heart on his sleeve, and Cori rounds out the team with her sparkling smile.
Our most exciting game this year was played at the South Okanagan Events Center. First off, Cameron, the smallest kid on the team, skated out onto the ice wearing a jersey that touched his ankles, but still played a great game. The kids stared in awe at the giant scoreboard, and our cheering section tried our best to keep them going in the huge stadium. Curtis was in net that day, and his mom assured us that by cheering “Looouuuu” he would understand that he was doing a great job. We thought were spurring them on quite well until we got back to the dressing room and saw the tears. The kids were all making comments about the other team booing them, and the coaches were even upset at the poor sportsmanship. Once we explained, the kids were pretty excited, and we all had a good laugh.
Our team has managed only one tied game this year, but we are looking at securing our first win on February 13 at 10:30. This will be on home ice. We will need all the cheering we can get though, so please try to come out and support our little guys with big hearts.