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The Stevenson sisters, from left, Maria, Cara and Lisa, are excited to play in this week’s Sweetheart Female Hockey Tournament.
Cara, Lisa and Maria and their teams will be playing in the Sweetheart Female Hockey Tournament this week
Cara and Lisa Stevenson were hooked the first time they stepped on the ice.
The New Haven sisters had learned how to skate before attending a Try Hockey day at the APM Centre in Cornwall.
“They both came off the ice and said, ‘We love it,’” father Lowell recently recalled.
That love is still evident today nearly a decade later.
“It’s just fun,” said 15-year-old Cara. “And I like scoring goals.”
The oldest of the Stevenson sisters plays left wing for the Rustico midget A North Stars. She scored her team’s first goal of the season and has four goals and seven assists in 23 games.
“It makes me smile every time (I score),” Cara said.
Lisa, 13, is a centre with the North River bantam A Flames.
“I just liked doing the same stuff as my sisters,” she said. “It’s fun and I have a lot of friends on my team.”
Maria, 12, is the youngest of the sisters. She plays defence for the North River peewee A Flames and enjoys having fun with her teammates and playing on the family’s backyard rink.
All three Stevenson girls will be playing in the eighth annual Sweetheart Female Hockey Tournament, which is hosted by the North River Minor Hockey Association and begins today.
“It’s a huge tournament,” Lowell said. “It’s very well run and people keep coming back to it.”
He’s not kidding.
There are more than 90 teams participating in the four-day, multi-division tournament.
“This event allows our association to showcase female hockey at all levels and promote the female game within our province,” said association president Trevor Lank. “This weekend allows a large number of teams from all over the Maritimes to come together to compete and make new friends while participating in this wonderful game.”
The winters are a busy time for the Stevensons with some nights requiring two vehicles going in different directions to get the four youngsters to the rink for games or practices. The girls’ brother, Liam, is nine years old and plays atom.
“It’s fun, but busy,” said Lisa. “There are not usually many days we don’t have hockey.”
Lowell and his wife Carolyn both enjoy being involved in the sport with their children.
“It’s a lot of fun and we’re spending our time with them,” Lowell said. “Our hobby and their hobby is the same hobby.”
They have also met other families and enjoy getting to know their teammates and their parents.
“There’s some real great people that put a lot of time into the kids,” Lowell said.
u What – The largest showcase of female minor hockey in Atlantic Canada.
u When – Today to Sunday.
u Who – 91 teams with about 2,000 players and coaches. There are about 50 teams travelling from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
u Divisions – Eight, atom; peewee A and AA; bantam A, AA and AAA; and midget A, AA and AAA.
u Organized by – North River Minor Hockey Association.
u Where – Nine rinks are hosting games with the main arenas being the APM Centre in Cornwall and the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud. Games will also be played at Gateway Arena, Borden; Community Gardens, Kensington; North Star Arena, Rustico; Pownal Sports Arena, Simmons Sports Centre and Cody Banks Arena.
u What a deal – Free admission to all games.
u Opening ceremonies – Tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the APM Centre in Cornwall.
u Today’s schedule (all games at APM Centre)
5:10 p.m. – Pownal vs. North River, atom.
6:20 p.m. – Morell vs. North River, bantam.
8:40 p.m. – Capital District vs. North River, midget.