While snow continues to fall over the US east coast, ivivva New York City has been reveling in its winter sports. As hockey season ramps up to playoffs, our NYC showroom educator tagged along to practice to meet some goal-crushing players. Here's their story.
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The early bird gets the worm; that's why elite hockey players Maddie, Sam and Ally, are at the rink at 7am to get in their ice time before school.
These tight teammates play because they love the competition. They want to go to nationals and they're determined to cream their opponents. But most of all, they play because they love the game.
It's hard to shake their determination and team spirit. Even after experiencing their team's upset in last weekend's tournament, and then watching the heartbreaking golden loss of the US women's hockey team (missing school to watch it together), the girls are more motivated than ever to give it their all and finish the season strong.
fave game?: "We were down 6-0 with five minutes left and we came back and won the game. We were all crying."- Sam.
The trio takes to the ice. They begin carving figure eights in harmonious laps and then it’s time to warm up their hands.
They practice a series of puck control and passing drills again and again - and again, improving with every rep.
Speed and strength training with the harnesses offers major resistance and major fun.
why hockey?: "I started figure skating and a coach said, 'you should try hockey,' and my friend and I switched over together." -Maddie.
fave moment?: "We played on an all-girls team but in a boys league. We made it to states. We creamed 'em!" - Sam.
what does "giving it" mean to them?
Along with early mornings, there are also long weekends away at tournaments and grueling off-ice training sessions. Maddie, Sam and Ally play hard with their tier II travel team, the New Jersey Colonials, up to six times per week and then hone their skills during weekly private training sessions with Juggernaut Sports.
Their hard work pays off in the form of trophies and medals but that's not the thing that gets them back to the rink almost every day.
"Hanging out with our team!" the girls say is half the fun.
Between packing all of their equipment (bags that easily weigh up to 60 pounds), layering clothes, lacing skates and taping sticks, these girls spend a long time in the locker room doing just that - "hanging out".
What's their advice for other girls who want to give hockey a try? They should just play!
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Photographer: Katie Lenhart