Goalie!

Canada breeds Hockey Fanatics, that’s a given. As inventors of the sport we produce the best players in the world. But we are not completely alone when it comes a love of the “fastest game in the world”.

We have seventeen year-old Kenny here from Scotland. He’s a goaltender for the Edinburgh University Hockey Team. The goalie is one of the least popular positions to play in Canada’s National Sport! Let’s face it, you stand in the net and let people shoot rock-hard pucks at you at 100 miles per hour! It takes guts!

Kenny came here to attend a Goaltender’s school. It’s a year-round facility run by two brothers who have trained quite a number of top players including the legendary Curtis Joseph or “Cujo” the former Toronto Maple Leaf net minder, now playing with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Kenny has taken in most of the sights around Toronto now that his hockey camp has finished. He has been to the Hockey Hall of Fame (twice!) and purchased miniatures of the Stanley Cup (League Championship); the Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP); and the Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)!

It pretty obvious that Kenny is pretty serious about our National Sport and when he returns home, we’ve got money to bet that opposing teams are going to have a much more difficult time getting the puck past him!

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Kenny (second from left) with the Franco Brothers (coaches)

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On the Maid of the Mist – Niagara Falls

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Kenny with a miniature Stanley Cup (you can always dream!)