- As soon as they are able to walk - they put on a pair skates. That's a common theme heard about many hockey players.
Hockey is a time honored tradition in Eagle River. From the Dome, to pond hockey championships, to 3 state titles for Northland Pines in the '80's...everyone in town has been exposed to the sport...
In fact, as soon as kids can walk...they hit the ice.
Tyler Kimmerling says, "I like hockey so much and I get to skate around a lot."
"I really like my coaches. They're really nice," adds Hunter Behnke.
Derek Buckton - I like being out on the ice.
Jesse Sookochoff, coach of the Eagles, explains, "Our only requirement really is that they're not pushing a chair around. They can skate the full length of the ice and we're happy to have them out here."
The American Development Model program has skaters from 3 to 8 years old.
In addition to learning skating skills and the basics of hockey...the most important thing being taught, is having a good time.
"We learned stopping and stick handling," Emily Bill said.
Whether they were racing around - or wiping out - it was clear, the students were learning in the process.
After practicing for a couple of months...the skaters will begin playing games in December.
Story By: Newswatch 12 Sports