At the beginning of the hockey season, I posted a photo of the boys skating at the arena and captioned it: “We’ve moved! Our home away from home for the next 6 months!”. It sure feels like it’s true because we are at arenas up to 5 days a week with power skating, skating lessons, hockey practices and hockey games on the weekend.
Hockey has been an important part of both my and Jay’s lives since we were kids; it is deep-rooted into the DNA of our childhoods. I grew up a figure skater spending almost every day at the arena and then spending time at my brother’s hockey games and, of course, cheering on the Edmonton Oilers.
Hockey and Good Deeds
As the mom of a first year Novice player and first year Tykes player, I’m already seeing good opportunities to teach our boys good sportsmanship on the ice. Our community has almost enough players for two Tykes teams, so often the kids have inter-squad games (where they play against each other) on Saturday mornings. One morning Ethan’s team won and he was bragging in the dressing room proudly “We won! You lost!“, and that was the perfect time for a lesson in good sportsmanship. I told him that it’s okay to celebrate and be happy when he wins a game, but that it doesn’t feel good when he loses a game and it’s not nice to make his friends that lost feel badly.
Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup
With hockey comes fundraising for the team to participate in tournaments and to cover operational costs, but in the future I would love to see our kids fundraising for others, which would teach the value of good sportsmanship off the ice, too.
For only its second year, Chevrolet is continuing the Good Deeds Cup to search for Peewee teams in Canada that demonstrate good deeds throughout their community. I was proud to see local team the Okotoks Oilers in the semi-finals of the Good Deeds Cup! These young men did such a wonderful by spreading good sportsmanship throughout their community, please view (which is how you vote!) for their team by watching their short video. I’m rooting for the Okotoks Oilers Peewee AA Black team to have a chance to become finalists, hopefully be crowned the ultimate winner, and receive the Good Deeds Cup. They’ll also get a feature on Sportsnet and receive $15,000 towards the charity of their choice!
I hope our boys can do some good deeds for our community in the future too!
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Chevrolet and have received compensation for this post. I never work with brands I personally haven’t used, loved and support! All opinions in the post are my own.