A hockey par­ent puts mem­o­ries on ice

The Buffalo News - - CONTINUED FROM THE COVER - Karen Small, of Wil­liamsville, is a mother of three and a Buf­falo at­tor­ney.

Last week, par­ents of 11 se­niors looked on as our sons left the ice in their Wil­liamsville East jer­seys for the last time.

My fam­ily’s road to that fi­nal game was dif­fer­ent than most. Our son Jake started hockey in the first grade, as many as three or four years after kids be­gan play­ing the Tim Bits league at age 3.

In­spired by the Sabres’ suc­cess­ful sea­son be­fore, in Septem­ber of first grade, Jake told us at the din­ner ta­ble that he wanted to play. Since he had yet to skate, we signed him up for “Learn to Skate” si­mul­ta­ne­ously with his first hockey sea­son.

De­spite the fact that my fa­ther was in­volved in Amherst hockey for years when both of my brothers played, my hus­band and I made a mil­lion rookie mis­takes

There is the love of the game, a foun­da­tion in health and fit­ness, and a life-long les­son that stick­ing with some­thing pays of f.

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