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

Meet the Leverick Family  

...our 2017 Canlan Ice Sports Jemini Family Ambassadors

The Jemini team is SO excited to introduce you to: The Leverick Family! You will see this outgoing, family oriented, hockey loving family around our facility and on our Social Media pages this upcoming year, as we welcome them aboard as our Canlan Ice Sports Jemini Family Ambassadors.

 

We will be following the Leverick’s on their hockey journey this season, checking out their minor games, following the kid’s journey’s through our Program Department, and even checking in with dad and his ASHL team!

 

Since we will be spending so much time with the family, we want you to get to know them better. We had a question and answer period with each of the kids (and mom and dad, too!) Read on to see what the Leverick’s have to say…we have to warn you now though, these kids are darn cute!

 

Keaton (3 years old)

 

What is your full name?

Keaton Big Boy

 

How old are you and what grade are you in?

5 (*he's actually 3) grade five-teen (*he’s actually in preschool)

 

Favorite Food?

Bananas

 

Least Favorite Food?

Not bananas....potatoes and coffee

 

Who is your favorite superhero or princess?

No one

 

If you could pick one super power, what would it be?

Nothin'

 

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

Tiger. It's silly. 

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Surfer

 

Name something you are great at.

Jumping

 

Your favorite sport?

Surfin'

 

If you had one wish what would it be?

To be a tiger. 

 

 

Kaesen (5 Years Old)

 

What is your full name?

Kaesen Michael Leverick 

 

How old are you and what grade are you in?

I'm 5 and I'm in grade 1. 

 

Favorite Food?

Pizza

 

Least Favorite Food?

Broccoli mixed with chicken

 

Favorite Color?

Red and sometimes blue too

 

Who is your favorite superhero or princess?

Batman and batgirl

 

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

Shark because they have super fins and I like watching Shark Boy and Lava Girl

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A police officer and a spy

 

Name something you are great at.

Doing math and learning to read

 

Your favorite sport?

Hockey 

 

If you had one wish what would it be?

Be a super hero and dance on the beach. 

 

Koehn (7 Years Old)

 

What is your full name?

Koehn Thomas Leverick

 

How old are you and what grade are you in?

I am 7 and in grade 2

Favorite Food?

Cheese buns

 

Least Favorite Food?

Raw tomato

 

Favorite Place you have visited?

The hockey arena where I have my hockey lesson

 

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

Tiger. Because I like them and my instincts tell me to be a tiger

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Famous hockey player

 

Name something you are great at.

Art and math

 

Your favorite sport?

Hockey

 

If you had one wish what would it be?

Have powers to see my friends whenever I want .... and that we had a mastercraft boat. I like boats. 

 

 

Camdyn (9 Years Old)

 

What is your full name?

Camdyn Grace Novak Leverick

 

How old are you and what grade are you in?

I'm 9 and I'm in grade 4. 

 

Least Favorite Food?

Dog food...does that count? Haha

 

Favorite Place you have visited?

I want to say the lake...and Mexico...and Disney.

 

Who is your favorite superhero or princess?

Snow White...she's my favourite princess. 

 

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

Black panther because they are very smart and elegant and fast and graceful. 

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Marine biologist 

 

Name something you are great at.

Singing...and watching tv

 

We decided that we didn’t want to leave Mom and Dad out either, so we took a quick moment to hear from them as well!

 

What is your favourite thing about hockey season?

Kristy- this season it is watching how excited Koehn is to start his first year playing

Chad- Being part of a team; making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.

 

Did you play sports growing up?

Kristy- middle and high school sports...basketball, volleyball. Nothing very seriously tho!

Chad- yes, hockey, lacrosse, football

 

What is your favorite thing to do with all the kids?

Kristy-They love going to the zoo. Or if we're stuck inside, dance parties are fun!

Chad-We try to take them outside swimming, playing, bike rides, skating....our main goal is usually to burn off some energy!

 

If you could give one piece of advice to your kids what would it be?

Kristy-I tell them to pursue the things that make their hearts happy! Dream big and go for it!

Chad-Always work hard and be kind. 

 

The kids are witty, the parents are nice, plus they all love hockey. We can’t wait to follow along with their season, and we hope that you will join us!

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By Elanne Krainyk Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:41:41 AM Categories: ASHL Hockey Ice Private Lessons Saskatoon Hockey Youth Hockey Youth Programs