I have always wanted to have some kind, or any kind, of personal communication with experienced hockey players. On December 17 my dream came true. I was selected to spend most of the night with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Thanks to my wonderful mom, she entered my name on the Oil Kings website last season. She received the call at the end of November stating that I was selected to be the Enmax energy kid for the night. It was a splendid night because three of my teachers came to this special event. In the absence of my parents, my Aunts & Uncles shared this moment with me. I must say I was nervous.
I woke that morning and all that was going through my mind was … DON’T FALL DON’T FALL… and guess what? I did not fall. We had to arrive at 6pm before puck drop. My uncle had the pleasure to take me right from the beginning to the end of my performance. We entered through the players entrance, walked down the hall and I was given my own dressing room to get ready in. I was given some orders to follow – about what to do and what not to do. By this time my nerves were racking! My night was started off by dressing up in Oil Kings gear, including jersey and socks, with my buddy mascot Louie the lion. I walked down the players entrance and high fived the players as they entered the ice surface for the pre-game warm up. I sat on the bench busting the move with Louie, watching the players as they skated for the 5 min warm up. The buzzer sounded and the players exited the ice back to the dressing room. I was sitting in a chair in the hall waiting for them to come back out for the singing of the national anthem and I knew my time was close. The lights dimmed, lights were flashing and I entered the Ice with the starting lineup that they announced. After that my name was announced as being the Enmax Energy kid for tonight’s Game. And it went something like this… Daniel – from Stony Plain Minor Hockey! My face was on the big jumbo tron scoreboard. I was famous! I made my skate around the net and lined up with the team on the blue line for the anthem. My uncle was waiting nearby for me behind the opponents bench taking lots of pictures. I skated back to the bench and stopped while an Oil King patted me on the head.
After all the excitement it was time to go enjoy the rest of the game in the stands. Guess what! When the Oil Kings scored it was the teddy bear toss! After that they announced that a total of 6,600 bears were thrown onto the ice – what a great cause.
This was the best thing my mom could have done for me. I will never forget this day or moment. Thanks again to all my teachers, friends and family for sharing this night with me. This event encouraged me to be a better sport. I hope to play in the NHL one day but I will go one step at a time. Maybe one day I will be standing on that blue line with my teammates.
Daniel is a Grade 4 student at Forest Green School. He really likes hockey and his family.