Just like a caterpillar emerges from its cocoon as a butterfly, so has this wonderful little team. Since the start of the season in November, this small group of 9 along with their coaches came together to learn a new format of novice hockey. We start the season off with half ice hockey and only exhibition games. Definitely not what this veteran hockey mom is used to (haha). But we strapped on their equipment, laced up the skates and away we went, not knowing what exactly to expect of the season.
The first exhibition game of the season seemed to take forever to get here for the kids since we are used to games right off the hop. But game day arrived, smiles beamed and excitement ensued. They won their very first game of the season, and let me tell you, they were pumped! And the wins didn’t stop there, we had quite a few in the first half with the odd loss, but hey, those just build character and create teaching moments.
January brought the start of league games, with a major switch from the first half of the season. These kids that worked so hard on their stick handling and skating around more obstacles on that smaller ice surface for the first 2 months now get to play full ice hockey again! Off sides and all! And guess what, all that hard work these little guys and their coaches put in has definitely paid off. Game 1 was played on Jan 4 against Estevan, with a win of 11-7 and Sunday Jan 5th brought us back home to play Wawota, to end the weekend with another win of 13-2. This past weekend we took to a tournament in Oxbow leaving with a tie, loss and a win so overall not bad on a bitter cold weekend.
I look forward to seeing these wonder kids continue doing what they love and enjoying every minute of it. And I hope to see you all come join us this upcoming weekend, Saturday, Jan. 18, for Carlyle Minor Hockey Days to catch our Novice kids play at 10:30. Bring your bells and horns and pack for a full day of Carlyle hockey. After that we have 2 away games and then you can catch us back on home ice, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 vs Wawota.