My son started hockey at five years old. On occasion, a girl played on his team. In one instance during a Bantam game, he got lit up by a girl hockey player so hard he gained an entirely new perspective on what it means to play like a girl (insert girl power smile). Now with a girl hockey player of my own, I feel like I am navigating murky waters.
When my 4-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to strap on skates and start playing, I had no apprehension what so ever. But over the past two years, I’ve noticed that having a girl who plays hockey is a lot different than having a boy. I get more and more lost the more she plays.
Seriously, what is a Jill? I thought a jock strap had a particular job. I had no idea a girl needed a Jill? And, that’s just the beginning. Fitting a pony tail in a helmet correctly should be an art—especially when your daughter will only wear her hair one way. The more my daughter’s passion for hockey grows, the more puzzled I become.
I needed to get a perspective of what was coming down the line. So, I reached out to Puck Gal, Sharon Enck. Sharon is a very talented and hilarious hockey mom blogger. She has a girl who not only plays hockey but who is brave enough to play goalie.
Sharon was kind enough to offer me some of her Puck Gal understanding into what it means to have a girl skater. And, in true Puck Gal fashion, she made sure to add some wit and humor along with her insight.
I wanted to make things crystal clear to hockey moms new to raising girl skaters. So, I developed this infographic so that we can all benefit from Sharon’s insight. Check it out.
Yes, It’s a Girl Hockey Player