The Leverick's... Full of Fun!  

This is our Fall blog post with our Canlan Ice Sports Family Ambassadors, the Leverick Family. The Leverick's were able to come in and join Kelsey, our Program Coordinator, to talk winter, food, Halloween, and of course… hockey!
 
It was clear from the beginning, and if you know the family you’re probably aware, the Levericks are all about fun! Nothing but laughs, smiles, and energy.
 
While the boys, Keaton, Kaesen, and Koehn, are all gearing up for time on the ice, their sister Camdyn, is gearing up for her time on the stage. The boys are excited to practice their skills, play in games and most importantly spend time with their friends! Camdyn spends her winter, dancing (jazz) and singing in the Fireside Singers!
 
Kaesen is in his first year of “real” hockey and couldn’t be more excited! After learning to skate in our Preschool Learn to Skate classes, followed by the basics of hockey in our Hockey Tips for Tots program, he’s excited to finally join a team and do all the things his BIG brother Koehn gets to do.
 
Keaton is involved in our new Skating for Hockey program. It’s a new program to help bridge the gap between our Learn to Skate and our Hockey Tips for Tots. Skaters get dressed up in full equipment, except for their stick, to grow and perfect their skating abilities before adding the stickhandling component. Skating, falling down, and getting up with all the equipment on gives skaters a little boost of confidence and lets them know that it’s okay to fall!
 
Chad and Kristy put their kids in hockey because they really wanted to play! The parents said the boys have made so many friends and enjoy all that the sport has to offer. They would like their kids to be able to look back, as they have, and remember the friendships, the practice, and the games or performances that let the kids show off all of their hard work. 
 
But the biggest question we had for them… “What are they going to be for Halloween?!?”
 
Let’s see, there’s a Star Wars theme that seems to be going around in this family. Koehn and Keaton want to be Stormtroopers and Kaesen wants to be Obi-Wan Kenobi. Camdyn, on the other hand, is going to be a unicorn and dress her dog up as a dragon. We can’t wait to see pictures!
 
At the end of our time together they walked away full of smiles, giggling, and talking about birthday parties, Christmas parties, and everything in between!
 
Stay tuned for our final check in with the Leverick’s as our Canlan Ice Sports Family Ambassadors and keep your eyes out for how you can become our next Canlan Ice Sports Family Ambassadors.
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Saturday, November 3, 2018 5:49:39 AM Categories: #AnythingForHockey Hockey Ice Saskatoon Hockey Youth Hockey Youth Programs

Hockey Through the Eyes of the Passionate  

A Programs Coordinators take on what hockey means to children everywhere

In this month’s check in with the Leverick crew, our Canlan Family Ambassadors, Program Coordinator ALLY spent the evening with the family.  Ally is full of palpable energy,  and we love the enthusiasm and heart that she puts towards each and every kid that she instructs.  Ally took the time to sit down with Kohen for a post-game interview (visit our Facebook page to see that…spoiler: cuteness overload!!!), as well as hang out with the family while having supper at the Thirsty Penguin.  See what Ally has to say about the love of the game, and the passion that has swept the hearts of so many...

 

Ice hockey; a game played on an ice rink by two teams of six players on skates, whose object is to drive a puck into the opponents’ goal with a stick. Well, that’s the internet’s definition of ice hockey at least.  What I was reminded of today is that it really is so much more: it's the 6am practices, the running from one rink to the other while the players dress in the back of the vehicle, the cheering when we win and the tears when we lose. It’s the learning and the achieving, the scoring and the “celly”s, the coaches that become role models and the players that become lifelong friends.

 

This month I got the pleasure of spending some time and interviewing one of our Family Ambassador’s, Koehn Leverick. I have had the opportunity to coach Kohen since he was brand new to skating at the age of 3 years old! He is bright, witty, full of positive energy and laughter. Since he has started skating I have been able to watch his love for hockey grow. He has a passion for the game (and for Connor McDavid of course) that makes a person fall in love with hockey, even when they know nothing about it. When asking Koehn questions about his team and his love of the game I asked him; what is one skill you want to work on for the rest of the season? He did not hesitate for second. He blurted out “PIVOTING”. As a previous skating coach of Koehn’s it made me so proud of him that despite his age he was so humble about knowing that every player has something they need to work on to become better.

 

My interview with Koehn happened prior to a game that his team came out of with a tough loss, however when all those boys came bursting through the door there was no tears or upset players. They were all smiles and giggles as I rallied them all up for a team picture. Win or lose it was awesome to see the boys stay together as a team and encouraging each other after the game with smiles from ear to ear. Koehn was able to tell me all about his tournaments that the team went to and how they had just been in Moose Jaw for the weekend. When I asked Koehn how the tournament went, he didn’t even tell me how the team did first- he was all about the pizza parties and swimming with the team!

 

The Leverick family got to enjoy a post-game supper upstairs at the Thirsty Penguin restaurant. After seeing them sitting together as a family enjoying supper at the hockey rink I was reminded of the unity of the sport. The way it brings together not only the players on each team but as well as the families. 

 

To someone who doesn’t know hockey, they may just see a game played on an ice rink by two teams of six players but to each and every hockey player.  To me, Kohen, his family, and so many more people in our Saskatoon hockey community, we understand that it means so much more.

 

Photo by Brad Klebaum - Klebaum Photography

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 5:48:42 AM Categories: #AnythingForHockey Hockey Ice Private Lessons Saskatoon Hockey Youth Hockey Youth Programs

Eat like a pro. Train like a pro. Be a pro.  

For over 60 ASHL players from across the Greater Toronto Area, the dream of being a pro came true with the help of Molson Canadian.


Last fall, the Air Canada Centre was the backdrop for a day of hockey these players won't soon forget. From a VIP entrance to the building to those first steps on the big ice, this was definitely a day for the memory bank. But don't let us tell you, check out the video below and be the judge for yourself (there's actually photos, too).

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By Canlan Sports Staff Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:54:03 AM Categories: #AnythingForHockey ASHL Be-A-Pro Hockey Molson Canadian