Well, the NAIT Women’s Hockey Team has started the season off on the right foot! As of right now, we are in first place with three wins and one loss! Our season started off against the SAIT Trojans where we won our home opener but could not manage to pull of the sweep when we traveled to SAIT the following day. The next weekend brought us up against Grant MacEwan, who is a huge rival. It was obvious that we came to play and we skated our way to a weekend sweep by winning our games 3-0 and 4-1.
During our second game of the weekend, I came across a scary incident where I was cut with a skate on my neck. I have to admit that it was the scariest moment of my life but with the support of our amazing athletic therapist, Krysta Graovac, our team and my family we managed to get through the scary situation. I wanted to share the story with you all to really stress the fact as to how important safety is when playing. I was wearing my neck guard but the skate managed to lift my helmet and cut me in the area between my helmet and the placement of my neck guard. I ended up in emergency afterwards where I got five stitches. I took the week off of hockey and it worked out perfectly that we had this past weekend off so I could rest and heal up. The stitches are coming out today and I will be back on the ice this weekend and playing against the SAIT Trojans this upcoming weekend!
My family visited from Manitoba this past weekend and it was such a wonderful time being able to catch up and visit with them. My Baba came on the trip this time and she was able to watch me play for the first time in 7 years and I was happy I scored her a goal while she was in the stands watching. My parents and sister were here as well and there was no better feeling then having them here cheering on the Ooks. There was also another special person who came to the game to watch me play, and it was her first time ever seeing me on the ice. My Auntie Nancy was cheering me on as well and I must say that I had a pretty good cheering section. Along with her was my uncle and cousins. Aunty Nancy has just recently been diagnosed with cancer and she started chemo a couple weeks ago. She buckled up and showed her strength to come and watch me play. It was a pretty touching moment to say the least and right when she walked in the door I scored my first goal of the game. It brought tears to her eyes and it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. Having her in the stands meant the world to me and it brought a huge smile to my face to look up in the stands and see her wearing my jersey. Precious moment.
Practice and games are what’s in store for our team during the next couple weeks and I look forward to sharing it all with you within my next blog. I hope I have great news to update you with and I hope you all enjoy the rest of November. Until next time….
Sherri Bowles, NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey #15