This year, I had a rare chance to play hockey with a bundle of ex-NHLers as a major aspect of the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction end of the week. And keeping in mind that I didn’t get the chance to skate with Yzerman or Hull, I was out there on the ice with previous NHL greats Glenn Anderson and Cliff Ronning (if your reaction to those names is, “Who,” Google them….trust me, they were, and still are, quite unbelievable).
Presently I need to concede, I was a smidgen anxious going into the 4-on-4 competition. Be that as it may, I stood my ground. What’s more, I understood something truly intriguing. I play “like a kid” out on the ice. Give me a chance to clarify what I mean by that. A while ago when I initially began playing hockey at the ready maturity of 13, I just played with the young men. This wasn’t aggressive hockey however – it was simply house-alliance and get hockey. I didn’t make a young ladies’ hockey rep group for a long time, so playing hockey with the young men was my exclusive alternative.
I made a beeline for the open air arena consistently and saying to myself, “I won’t be the most exceedingly awful player on the ice”. I was ALWAYS the main young lady out there. What’s more, I didn’t had any desire to be “that young lady”. I didn’t need the young men to relax on me. I simply needed to have the capacity to keep up.
So for those initial two years I went out and played with the young men and attempted to stand my ground. It wasn’t lovely at to start with, however when I made my first young ladies’ rep group, I had most likely logged near 400 hours of ice time playing with the young men.
Furthermore, as I proceeded through secondary school, I kept playing get hockey with the young men each shot I could – notwithstanding all the hockey I was playing with my young ladies’ hockey groups. I was as yet the main young lady out there, however now I was beginning to make plays and disappoint the young men. When I cleared out for school, I was skating hovers around a portion of the folks who used to make me resemble a human arch just a couple of years prior.
Playing with the young men made me the best player I could be. Do I feel that all young ladies’ hockey players ought to play with the young men? Not in any manner. In any case, insufficient young ladies’ hockey players simply go out and PLAY.
I turned out poorly a 13 year old who couldn’t skate to a 19 year old playing Division 1 school hockey and going for the national group on account of all the hockey schools I went to or the astounding rep groups I played for. I could make that hop in such a brief timeframe in light of the fact that I was out on that open air arena for many hours each winter attempting to play like one of the young men.