With minor hockey players across the country receiving Hockey Canada’s 2011 mail-out, the spotlight has been turned on minor hockey – not only those that play the game now, but those that came before them.
With that in mind, Hockey Canada asked all of its followers on Twitter and Facebook to remember back to their minor hockey days; more specifically, their favourite memories.
Here’s a few samples of the answers we received.
TWITTER – using the #minorhkymemories tag
@mikeswcoast2004 – Mine is an ongoing memory: Going to every Junior Mariners home game. Haven't missed one yet. HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/" \l "!/search?q=%23minorhkymemories" \o "#minorhkymemories"
@TO_Thrashers – The first time I got to put on my team jersey with my name and number -- it was a very proud moment!! HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/" \l "!/search?q=%23hockeymemories" \o "#hockeymemories"
@tyhaymom – Travelling hours to Viking, AB, Home of the Sutter’s for my sons Atom Provincials & meeting Grandma Sutter :)
@GregBorho – playing on a last place team almost every year but having a great time
@GRainger8 – Kicking butt growing up on an all-boys rep team, all while my blonde pony tail flowed out behind my helmet.
@Jim_Donnelly – Getting up at 5 am to play hockey at the Bobby Orr Community Centre in Parry Sound. HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/" \l "!/search?q=%23minorhockeymemories" \o "#minorhockeymemories"
@Cjbbaker – Every single second that I was lucky enough to be playing the game that we all love. HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/" \l "!/search?q=%23minorhockeymemories" \o "#minorhockeymemories"
@TSNBobMcKenzie – Playing Quebec Peewee tourney as a kid and coaching @MikeMcKenzie11 there. @ShawnMcKenzie89 missed because of age change. :-(
@caitlinsbradley – Sitting in the stands with my parents, cheering on my big brother. Made me fall in love with hockey HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/" \l "!/search?q=%23minorhkymemories" \o "#minorhkymemories"
@couellette13 – l'importance du travail d'equipe, du depassement de soi, du leadership et d'avoir plaisir en faisant ce qu'on aime!
Jake Manton – Scoring the most amazing goal ever breakaway pulled a Peter Foresberg sent my team to the finals I was mobbed by the team it was amazing
Kristel Eber – My best minor hockey memory so far is my sons team last weekend. They lost the first two games but won the third. It was my sons turn to be goalie and at the end of the game they all jumped on him like they won the Stanley Cup.
Alex Mateu – Being a Team with all of your buddies. Molding new friendships and building a competitive mind set. Hockey established so many good memories it's hard to name just one. It's fun to get together with old teammates and talk about the glory days and too see if any them are still living the dream. Great times with great people. Hockey Canada you have a great thing going!
Blade Roh – Going to europe representing my county.
Tyler Nickason – my memories as well are being with good people throughout my minor hockey career and gelling together for years as well helping each other out to make us get to the best potentials we can get to. Best memory by far is getting to the finals losing one year and the following year all us guys won the big trophy at home is what we all wanted in which was the best of the best for us!!
Paul Buckley – I remember being on the ice playing a hockey game and the Coach of our famous senior hockey team calling me out of the crowd to come over to where he was sitting , what a thrill ,what he said to me was hey kid stay on your wing, what was that ,that’s the kind of coaching we kids got at the time, still was a thrill being noticed though. I must have been 13 or 14 at the time.I still remember.
Tim Canadien – I have so many memories I should write a book! I do remember my boyhood idol Craig Stokes inviting me to my first-ever SJHL game Melville Millionaires SJHL game.
Ben Rudson – 5 am practices!
Caelen Holling – Playing in the Northern BC Winter Games.
Shawn Hutley – It would be the London tourny down 3 goals going into the 3rd and there was 5 mins left and we came back to tie then meet same team in the finals and beat them 2-1 in ot.
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