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Livingston Blues youth hockey team keep in practice virtually

Rich Donnelly
Updated: March 23, 2020 11:29 PM
Created: March 23, 2020 10:26 PM

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many things in the world of sports are being canceled these days. Right now we should be getting ready for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

But there's one local team that's found a way to practice together without leaving their homes.

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The Livingston Blues normally look like... a hockey team... together... and on the ice. But due to coronavirus restrictions, they look a little different right now.

"It's been pretty difficult to stay home considering we're doing something every single day whether it's hockey, lacrosse, soccer," Kallipoi Meyers, a parent of one of the players, said.

But the 8-and-under hockey team, with help from their parents, is making the most of it.

"Technology is great though, I'll tell you that," Meyers said.

A number of the kids have a hockey skills game called the Super Deker that allows them to work on stickhandling.  

The game keeps a score, so their parents record them playing and send it to their teammates with their best scores.

"It just keeps your mind thinking,” Camden Milhollen said, “my best score is 40."

"When I first started I wasn't very good at stickhandling and now I am," Chris Priest added.

"It helps you learn more things and keep practicing," Logan Utberg said.

On this day, the highest score on the team comes from Evie Warner with a score of 55.

"It's fun to play and it helps you stick handle and you get quicker stickhandling on the ice with it, Evie said. "My favorite part of hockey is scoring."

It's also helpful with developing skills for kids who play defense.

"You can help the goalie out and you can fire it down the ice," Joe Meyers said.

And for the parents, it keeps their kids active.

"We're used to being at the rink five to six days a week and now we're stuck at home and we're trying new things," Nicole Utberg, a parent of one of the players, said. "We bought different things for their hockey skills and keep them interested and not focused and upset about what's going on."

"Hockey was taken away from them rather suddenly,” Betsy Priest, a parent of one of the players, said. “so they were very upset and this team wasn't just a hockey team, they're friends so it makes them able to connect in a way we wouldn't be able to normally.  We can post our scores and still have friendly competition and stay connected."

A team, going through drills together, but from different locations.

We continue to look for positive stories during this difficult time. If you've found a way to stay active with a team or group in a unique way we'd love to hear from you so we can share your story with our viewers. Shoot us an email at news1@whec.com.


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