A local hockey team is hoping to make next year’s Wickfest one to remember.
The Yellowknife U8 Girls Wolfpack squad will be heading to Calgary again next year for the 2018 Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival.
The group was in the tournament this past November, and Team Manager, Rachel Taylor, says the girls even got a visit from the hockey legend herself.
“Our girls worked really hard and they really enjoyed themselves,” says Taylor. “They even had a chance to have a team meeting, sort of like a one-on-one, with Hayley [Wickenheiser]. She was great and it was a great experience for them to speak with her.”
Taylor says the U8 team was accompanied by two other Yellowknife squads, including the U18 girls team. She said the age gap was really shown when it came to knowing who exactly Wickenheiser was.
“The older goals obviously knew who she was, but it’s funny when it comes to the younger ones,” Taylor chuckled. “My daughter has seen videos of Hayley but some of the girls needed some help.”
The U8 girls are entered into a contest.
The Top three groups with the most votes will get grand prizes, including another meet and greet with Wickenheiser. Taylor says the Yellowknife team currently sits in 5th place. A Top 6 finish grants you a guaranteed spot next year. She added that she’s been working hard to get people on board.
“I think I’ve posted everywhere online when it comes to Yellowknife, so I hope that means people are seeing it.”
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