Every once in a while, a player comes along and reminds us what it really means to play hockey and to play for the love of the game. Sometimes we get caught up with the busy hockey schedules or measure how the team is doing by what the scoreboard shows. We forget to stop and enjoy the small moments. The excitement of putting on that game jersey and being part of a team. This season for the Hudson Hockey Association, that skater is Ian Witt.
Hudson Hockey believes there is a spot for everyone. Ian is one of our first skaters to participate at our travel level with special needs. In past seasons, Ian has been part of our mite development program. However, this year it was important to have Ian skate with hockey players closer to his age group so for the 2022-2023 season, Ian is on the Bantam C team. Ian also is the inspiration behind why Easton Schultz started the Hudson Special Hockey program which currently has 30+ skaters participating.
This past weekend our Bantam C team played in a tournament. Although they lost to Orono in the final game to finish 4th, the finish is not what everyone will remember. The highlight of this game and weekend was that Ian scored his first goal as a travel hockey player! Assisted by both teams, the Orono players all understood the bigger meaning behind Ian’s accomplishment. Everyone cheered after Ian’s goal and celebrated with him. A special moment reminding us all that it’s about more than wins and losses!”