Hockey is the most popular sport in Canada, although it may be expensive to play as the equipment a player needs can cost hundreds dollars.
I didn’t expect the twins to play hockey, much like Kingsong never got a chance to play hockey. This fall, Chen discovered that there was a new Senators Learn to play hockey program that offered low-cost lessons to kids ranging from 5 to 10 years old.
We knew nothing about getting the twins dressed up for the game. Mathew Wason who worked for Fan & Community Department at Ottawa Senators Hockey Club gave us the list of items the twins needed, which includes: Skates, Shin Pads, Hockey Pants,Shoulder Pads, Hockey Gloves,Elbow Pads, Helmets, Jock/Jills and Neck Guards. Fortunately there are enough online resources to help with sizing kids. Despise this it still took us several errands to Canadian Tire to get the right helmets for the twins. At the age of 10, they wear medium size helmets.
As advertised in its website:
- All sessions take place on Saturdays at the Richcraft Sensplex (in east Ottawa)
- Each session features 1.5 hours of ice (40 minutes of skill instruction PLUS 40 minutes of mini-games)
- Open to children born from 2005 to 2010 who are not currently registered (this season) with a minor hockey association
- Sessions are divided into three groups with each group occupying one-third of the ice (rink dividers will be used to separate groups)
- Two 10-week seasons are available
- Season 1: October 10 to December 19 (no session on October 24)
- Season 2: January 16 to April 2 (no sessions on March break)
- Program cost just $99 (plus equipment – not included in the program price*)
Chen also discovered that the Nepean Sportsplex had a drop-in shinny hockey program which cost $ 2.05 each.
On Nov 4, I brought them to the shinny hockey program. On the way to there, Rose claimed that she got headache, and Cherry explained that she had some leg pains. So they just sat there and watched. Last Wednesday, Nov 11, was the first time the twins participated. Rose was always as cool as she is used to be. She carried the heavy equipment bag without a single complaint. However Cherry begged to just watching, and asked me to help her with carry the bag.
Most of the players were boys. The only girl there seems to be happy when she saw the twins. The twins not so capable and stayed on ice chasing the puck. However they seemed to enjoy it.