I wanted to send a letter last year and didn't. The reason I'm sending one today is the smile on all three of my sons' faces when the mother of the goalie for the Spokane Chiefs' final game took their picture.
Unfortunately, Spokane lost and they went home, however if they had won they were all going to trek out to Valleyview Arena and watch "their" stick boy play hockey at 6:30 p.m.
So, I am rectifying my mistake of last year.
I have three sons involved in Kamloops Minor Hockey Association House hockey and last year they all had the honour of being stick boys for Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament.
All three teams were amazing to my sons, not just the players, but the families as well.
For example, we got invited as a family of five to a potluck and the boys were given mementoes of jerseys and more. Not to mention the experience.
So, the 2014 tournament arrives and we volunteer.
My oldest boy is playing bantam house so didn't volunteer as a stick boy, but could still volunteer for other duties.
As for stick boys, the other two were still eligible, however it happened, my youngest became the stick boy for Spokane (same as my oldest in 2013).
Some players on the Spokane team still remembered my oldest and it was a heartwarming reminder of how a "sport" can bring people together in different countries.
The sad part of this story for 2014 is that this year's teams did not make it to the finals, their journeys came to an end today (Saturday).
However, I cannot commend enough the head coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, players and parents enough for making my boys' tournament experience, last year, and this year, a part of something wonderful.
As a mother, I had the honour to say thank you to the families of one of our son's teams today for how wonderful their sons were to mine, and I found myself getting teary-eyed.
Their sons, at such a young age, put their heart and souls into an event like this, and to go almost all the way is heartbreaking, and they shared it with my sons!
So, to last year's families and this year's, and to next year's families, players, coaches, trainers and more who shared their joys and heartbreaks with my sons, thank you.
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