PeeWee hockey players learn how to be a successful team
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:18 pm
For the Airdrie Minor Hockey PeeWee Tier II Red hockey team, wining games is always a bonus.
But for Head Coach Evan Hayter, his biggest goal is to help the 11 and 12 year olds learn about what it takes to be a successful team.
“There are lots of similarities to coaching PeeWee kids when compared to other levels,” Hayter said.
“For me though, it’s about having the kids develop and have them make their own decisions out on the ice in a team setting.”
“You may find a situation where some of the kids are more advanced than others when it comes to the mental side of things or how fast the game is for them,” he added.
“But when everyone works as a team, it all comes together.”
The players themselves have noticed their teamwork coming to the forefront in recent games, especially on Jan. 25 at Genesis Place when they defeated the Cochrane Rockies 5-2.
“It’s pretty awesome what you can do by working together,” Caleb Rosteski said.
“We are able to do a lot more out on the ice when we are working hard.”
“We are skating a lot better and passing the puck a lot more, and I think that’s what makes us a good team,” Phillip Good added.
While both Good and Rosteski are used to the challenges PeeWee hockey brings, first-year PeeWee player Luke German is starting to get a better handle on things.
“I thought it would be easier when I started playing this year, but it’s been a lot harder than I thought,” German said.
“When you are competing against guys that are bigger and stronger than you are, it’s a bit of a challenge,” he added.
“But now as the year is going on, I’m getting used to it.”
The Tier II PeeWee Red squad is currently in a quest to try and capture a provincial title, which will be decided in March.
Their next game will be against a team from either Carstairs or Olds at a yet to be determined date in February.