Three young hockey players head to international competition in Canada
By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Three Colchester youths recently helped win the Silver Sticks hockey tournament in Bridgeport, Conn., and are looking forward to playing in Ontario, Canada, in January.
Nicholas LeClaire, Kellen Beauton, and Jack Holl have been playing hockey since they were 6, 3, and 6, respectively. They got each other interested ice hockey as friends after one of the boy’s big brother introduced them to the competitive sport.
Today, the three Jack Jackter Elementary School students are also Silver Stick competitors, and won the right to compete internationally when they won at the New England competitions.
Their parents, all of whom became friends through their children’s hockey interests, carpool and share expenses getting the boys to and from two practices and two games each week during the season.
Patti Holl and Carlene LeClaire are two of the moms who drive the players back and forth between Newington and Colchester during the week. Most likely all three families will be heading up to Canada in January.
It all started a few years ago in a less competitive Tier 3 league at the ice rink in Norwich. When interest grew, so did the need to find a more competitive league. So the families discovered the Tier 2 ice hockey league in Newington, where the three boys play hockey four days a week today.
The boys do not just play hockey and skate. They also raise funds for a charity and to defray their own expenses of competing. Each year, they do a turkey fundraiser to help Foodshare, and sell candy bars to support that and help pay for their own costs of taking part in a now internationally-competitive hockey league.