Much has been written and said about the ripple affects of this pandemic on our youth and families’ mental and physical well being. For our players, hockey isn’t just about what happens on the ice, it is the interaction with their team, and the being and learning together. It is the Connection
Tom Renney – CEO of Hockey Canada said “This has been kind of a lost year for so many people in so many different ways. And we don’t know right now what the affect is going to be long term. And it’s not just about the elite players, it’s about everybody at every level.”
Many want to help and be supportive but don’t know what to do or say. At KMHA, some of our coaches have scheduled virtual meeting times with their teams to play trivia games or to simply chat about what is happening in their lives right now. Some coaches have provided work out programs for their teams with a weekly check in of players / goalies progress.
KMHA has created a 4-week video series of drills for players/goalies to stay active while practicing their stick handling skills – – with the drills the players are finding a purpose to focus on. This series, done by our Development Co-ordinator, Dean DeSilva with the help of Alumni Lady & Jr Rangers, Katina Duscio and Braeden Bowman, provides the simplicity of the drill which allow players to challenge themselves to become masters of their own skills. The weekly videos are sent out via email to our families starting last Friday, January 22nd. It has been said, “To multiple and divide, you must first learn to add and subtract” Building on the basics and returning to the basics allows those skills to become second nature just like skating.
Staying connected, finding purposes, these will help us get through the harder times. There are so many ways, to help, not just today, every day. To our Kitchener Hockey Family, let’s all do our part.
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