Sky Johnson gets some practice time in at Total Ice Training Centre

Sky Johnson gets some practice time in at Total Ice Training Centre

Big turnout at Esso Girls Fun Day

A small army of volunteers helped make Tuesday evening’s Esso Girls Fun Day a massive success.

A small army of volunteers helped make Tuesday evening’s Esso Girls Fun Day a massive success.

Co-organized by Kelly Call and Jennifer Loewen, and hosted at Total Ice Training Centre, 38 female hockey players ranging in age from four to 44 hit the ice to learn basic hockey skills.

Players were organized into groups with team moms and mini mentors who helped organize gear and gave lessons on how gear is to be worn. Then, players were sent out onto the ice with their mini mentors who helped with the first glide and ran drills.

“If a smile can be used as a gauge to success then this night can be called amazing,” Jennifer said.

“Many of the players were new to skating and most had never put hockey gear on. The determination and grit of each of the players helped add to the excitement of the evening. We expect to see many of these players back on the ice and welcome them to the sport of hockey.”

Loewen and Call thanked coaches Roy Call, Troy Weil, Rick Skerry and Lindsey Wood, team moms Denise Chestnut, Mavis Skerry, Dani Wood and Carrie Kerley, mini mentors Hannah Chestnut, Alexee Gustafson, Brette Kerley, Rachel Loewen, Jada Wood, Danielle O’Hara, Madigan Riplinger and Bronwyn Pocock, as well as Alexis Hemond and Andrea Gustafson.

“Many dedicated hockey players, as well as Total Ice, loaned their gear so the players could give it a try,” Jennifer said.

“Thank you to all the volunteers and Esso Girls Fun Day.”