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Minegoziibe Chief Derek Nepinak Commends Council for Helping to Revive Minor Hockey for Abinoonjiiag

April 30, 2022

Treaty 2 Territory – Shared from Minegoziibe Chief Derek Nepinak
I have always had a deep love of Hockey. I don’t know where it comes from, but its always been there & some of my best memories are of having the chance to play when I was a boy and younger man. I was more of a physical player, not the greatest skater, but I was a finisher and somehow scored goals once in a while. I didn’t get a chance to develop my game the way I would have wanted to in hindsight, but that is ok as my time as a hockey player has come and gone in this life. Any person who is ‘beyond their hockey prime’ can relate to this.
I was able to watch some of our young children from Minegoziibe skate and have fun yesterday. It was great to see some of the kids who were just putting on their hockey equipment for the first time a couple of months ago at our Reggie and Jamie Leech hockey camp, now chasing the puck around the ice trying to score goals! I am very proud of the parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles and of course the little athletes themselves wearing our colours representing and giving all they have to the game we love.
I saw tenacity and desire to have fun and it made me so proud of our community!
We will continue to develop our hockey program in Minegoziibe and we will continue to create opportunity for our kids to excel and be proud of their hockey skills development. Our role is to eliminate the barriers that have held back our young people from excelling in their passions. We will continue to do our part as families and as a community.
At the end of the day, it is not the score that counts the most, it is the effort and the time spent building memories that will last a lifetime that is most valuable.
Meegwetch to the council for doing the hard work of raising money to pay for new jerseys, allocate entry fees for every age group for our children.
I’d like to put out a special shoutout to councillor Harley Chartrand who managed the planning for our community hockey players to participate this weekend and for the council for joining me in the Opening Ceremony last night at centre ice.

Last modified: April 30, 2022

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