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      A letter from a Hockey Dad

      This letter was sent to us by a player who received it from his Father, and was originally published nearly two years ago.  The player said one thing before attaching the letter; “this is what its all about.”  I think that this is something that all of us hockey fathers will one day wish we have written to our sons:

      Dear _______________________,

      Has it really been 18 years since I first took you skating?  It feels like it was yesterday.  I can remember the very first time, and the look on your face as you struggled to balance on those skates.

      Has it really been 16 seasons of watching you play?  Where has the time gone, how many hundreds of hours have we spent at the rink and in the car?  How many trips to Tim Hortons have we made?

      I find it hard to believe now, that in a few short weeks it will all come to an end.  The practices, the games, the trips to buy new gear in the summer, and all the camps.

      While there is a part of me that is tremendously sad that it is ending, I would not trade the sadness I feel for anything in the world.  I am sad not only because of the end, but because I know how you will feel a year from now.

      While it would be easy for me to be selfish and complain about it ending, I can only hope you can find a way to replace what you have always known as routine.  While you may be leaving the game as a competitive player, the game should always be a part of you.  The memories you have should last a lifetime.  The friends you have made will always be your friends.

      Take these last games and relish every minute of them.  Play with a passion that will allow you to let the game go as a player and remain full with the memories it has given you.  Hockey may no longer consume you, but it will always be a part of you.  As you walk away, know that one day you will come back.

      This is a circle.  It is a family thing.  One day I hope you will experience the sadness I feel today with your own son.  Why?  Because there is joy behind the sadness.

      Through this adventure we have taken as a family, you have grown into a man.  A man that any parent would be proud of.  You have a future, you understand rules, and you know what it is to be a team player.  You have learned to give back, and you understand what it takes to push yourself beyond what you thought you could achieve.

      My joy in having watched you grow into the person that you are today will outweigh the sadness of watching these last games knowing they will be the last. My joy will one day be in watching you tie your sons skates as you pass on this tradition.

      I am proud of you.  Thank you for allowing me to come along this journey with you.  I wouldn't trade one minute of this experience for anything.


      - The Junior Hockey News


      Upcoming Events

      • Dec
      • 14
      Skate with the Raiders
      • 4:00pm- 5:45pm (CST) Ical_event_icon
      • Roseville Arena
      • This is RAYHA's annual Skate with the Raiders event; where our RAYHA kids can skate with their favorite HS Roseville Raiders (Girls and Boys), collect autographs and enjoy some time on the ice.

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      • Jan
      • 31
      6th Annual IceBreaker
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      • Roseville
      • The 6th annual Ice Breaker will be held on Saturday January 31st from 6pm - Midnight. Live music, silent auction, great food, beverages, ice skating and the NHL alumni team just to name a few of the events on tap for this year

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      Upcoming Local CEP Clinics

      Level 1:
      Tues/Wed Nov 11/12 6:30-10:00pm
      Central Middle School Auditoriu

      4855 Bloom Ave
      White Bear Lake, MN 55110

      Level 2:
      Sat. Dec 6 8:00am-4:00pm Central Middle School Auditorium
      4855 Bloom Ave
      White Bear Lake, MN 55110

      Level 3:
      Tues/Wed Dec 16/17 6:30-10:00pm Central Middle School Auditorium
      4855 Bloom Ave
      White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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      D2 Coaches & Managers MANDATORY MEETINGS




      These D2 Meetings are mandatory for team Head Coaches and Managers:

      White Bear Lake Central Middle School auditorium 4855 Bloom Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110.
      Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:00pm each night:

      Wednesday, October 22:
      Bantam AA, A & B, Pee Wee AA, A & B and Girls 12U A & B
       Wednesday, November 5:
      Bantam C, PeeWee C, Squirt A, B & C, Girls 14U A & B and Girls 10U A & B
       Wednesday, December 3:
      Mite & Girls 8U