Last night Team Adventurers were thrilled to attend a Memorial Hockey game. Rain and Moxie’s Dad (Hoop) has some amazing friends who put together an impressive show and after party in his honour. The proceeds (a whopping $4,466) are to be transferred to a trust fund for Rain and Moxie.
To make the evening even more special, they invited Rain on the ice with them. He got his gear on in the dressing room with the big guys, participated in their warm up (getting pep talks from seasoned goalies) and at intermission there was a shoot-out with him in net. This was as entertaining as it was emotional; for those of us in the stands as well as those on the ice. There is no doubt that Rain felt his dad with him on that ice surface. (ps if anyone has video of the stick clap that echoed through the rink as Rain took his place in net, I’d love to get a copy!)
When Jason took his life last May, he would never have anticipated this type of an event. However, he would not be surprised to know that his friends and family have been so supportive and caring to each other and to Rain and Moxie. Jason knew how to surround himself with wonderful people. This event was everything he loved: hockey, friends, family, Rain and Moxie, post hockey drinks and love. I know he was there. I know he was proud.
Moxie and Rain had written a speech but last minute (and very understandable) stage fright prompted me to recite the speech on their behalf. Here it is to read at your leisure:
And since everyone has been sharing their stories, I thought I’d share about Hoop’s first night playing with these boys (circa 2001 – approximately).
He was so incredibly nervous. And so incredibly excited. Despite having played Junior B as a teenager, it had been years since he tied up his laces. In efforts to practice and gain confidence he dressed me up in his gear (EW!!), propped me up in the kitchen and fired shots at me until he felt ready for the big boys.
Thankfully he passed his try out and I didn’t need to block any more shots (Rain definitely does not get his goalie skills from me). This was just the beginning of some amazing friendships.
So thank-you. Thank-you to the organizers, thank-you to the playas, thank-you to all who came to support this event in person (a HUGE shout out to all of Rain’s hockey buds who came to cheer him on – love to Erindale), and thank-you to everyone who could not be there in person but demonstrated their support via messages and donations from afar. All of your love was noticed and much appreciated.
Cheers – to friends, to love, to life.