Two 12 year old hockey players from Fox Creek earned their place on the ice at the Alberta Winter Games, being held in Medicine Hat from February 13-16th.
Teams will represent each of the provinces zones: Sunny South, Big Country, Calgary, Parkland, Yellowhead/Black Gold, Edmonton, Northeast and Peace Country.
Each team includes two goalies, six defense, and 12 forwards. Team staff includes a head coach, two assistant coaches, a coach mentor, and a director of hockey operations and they will compete tournament style.
Other sports include alpine skiing, archery, gymnastics, badminton, curling, boxing, swimming, and much more.
Thank You for Believing in Me – Grace Lutz
Grace Lutz, daughter of Greg and Heidi, was happy, excited and surprised to be selected among 64 girls in the Peace Country region for the girls hockey team.
She started playing hockey when she was eight years old and quickly discovered the goalie position to be her passion.
The grade seven student said she wants to play hockey as long as she can and maybe even into University. When she is not on the ice, she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball.
Grace is preparing for the games, practicing and playing league games with her Bulldogs PeeWee team and will have a training day with the Winter Games team.
“Thank you for picking me and for believing in me,” said Grace, regarding being chosen. She appreciates her family’s support and would like to say thank you to my parents!
Graces inspiration is Shannon Szabados. Shannon Szabados is a professional ice hockey goaltender for the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Canada women’s national ice hockey team.
Lots of Encouragement and Support to Achieve his Goals – Nathan Scobey
When Nathan Scobey, son of Melissa and Tyler, heard he made the boys hockey team, he said, I felt like I was going to explode form excitement!
His tryouts for the Alberta Winter Games were split into four different teams, among 80 boys his age. There were two skill sessions and two games in Sexsmith.
Nathan started skating at the young age of three and began his passion for playing hockey when he was four years old. He plays the defense position.
He aspires to advance far enough playing hockey to get a scholarship after high school and Nathans goals include making it to the NHL. Nathans inspirations include his father Tyler and his papa, Wayne Scobey.
“I’ve looked up to them since I was little. My dad knows a lot about hockey and works really hard and helps correct me. My papa has a lot of determination,” said Nathan.
Nathan is preparing for the Winter Games by playing hockey for his local PeeWee Bulldog team and he will be practicing with the Whitecourt PeeWee AA team in the New Year.
When he is not on the ice, the grade seven student enjoys kayaking, hanging out with friends and baseball.
Nathan said, “Thank you to Coach Sexsmith: thank you for choosing me, I’m looking forward to playing on the team and working hard. To Coach Scobey: thank you for teaching me the game of hockey. To my parents, who have driven me to all my games and have never given up on me. They offer lots of encouragement and have helped me achieve my goals. I’d like to say thank you for everything you’ve done for me, it means a lot.”
Congratulations!! We look forward to following along Nathan and Grace at the Alberta Winter Games!
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