I can’t believe it’s already time to start in-depth! With the strike happening at the beginning of the year, the days just seem to fly by. I’m very excited to get started with my in-depth this year as I will be learning how to play ice hockey! Most people who I tell don’t really believe me, but that’s okay because they’ll believe me one In-Depth night comes around.
In order to learn how to play hockey, I will start off by taking ice skating lessons for about a month and a half. Basically during these lessons I will learn how to become a stronger skater. My coach (mentor #1) will teach me how to improve my skating speed, learn different ways of stopping, turning, etc. I took skating lessons when I was in elementary school which was quite a while ago so I figured it’d be best to brush up on my skating skills starting on a team. Once I’ve finished my power skating training I will join either a spring 3 on 3 team or a spring 5 on 5 team and possibly a development camp. Here I will meet my coach (mentor #2) who will help me learn the skills and rules behind the game of ice hockey. Some skills I may learn are 1v1, positioning, game rules, tactics, stick and puck skill, etc.
I chose Ice Hockey as my in-depth because I’ve wanted to join a team since I was ten years old, but unfortunately I couldn’t join because I chose to do a lot of soccer and join a metro soccer team. I kept asking my parents if I could join even though I knew it would be too much. So my parents put my in field hockey so I could get my “hockey” fix. I love field hockey now and will continue to love it, but I just need to try hockey as it has been in the back of my mind for a while.
I will need to buy some hockey skates to start out with and then once I finish my lesson I will need to get some basic hockey equipment such as under armour, gloves, and a stick. Ice Hockey will cost a lot of money especially since ice time is expensive, but I think it will be very worth it in the end.
I don’t know the names of my skating mentor or ice hockey mentor yet as they will be my coaches. I will add my mentor information as soon as I know their names! I have a friend (Desmond Grewal) who has been playing ice hockey (Cloverdale Colts) since he was very young and is willing to help me out with any questions I have regarding ice hockey and the equipment I will need for it. Also, if I am unable to ever reach my mentors he is available to assist me at any time (unless of course he is playing hockey! :))
The main things I hope I will learn from my experience is the rules of hockey, basic stick and puck skills, positioning, and game sense. My final product will be a video of my progress from my first skating lesson to my final hockey game. I will then present my video on stage at the night of the notables! 🙂
I am very excited to get started and can’t wait t get onto the ice!