By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Professional hockey player Wacey Rabbit will host a three-day Power skills program in Piikani from Nov 6-8, 2020.
WR20 Power. skills program will provide youth with three days of hockey training alongside Rabbit and Calgary Flames centre Dillon Dube.
Dube is expected to attend the workshop on Nov 8 where he will skate and speak with the youth in attendance.
“I think it’s really cool that these kids get to meet and have these kind opportunities to skate with professional hockey players,” Rabbit said.
Not only will the kids be skating with Dube, Kris Versteeg and Carlotta Edwards from Battle of the Blades will donate $2500 towards new skates for youth attending the WR20 Power skills program in Piikani.
“This is my chance to give back now,” Rabbit said.
Although Rabbit says his career is slowing down, he wants to put his time towards development programs such as his WR20 Powerskills program.
“I want the youth to know that Hockey is for everyone… sports could be used as a life tool and life lessons,” Rabbit said.
Like many Indigenous youth Rabbit had dreams to become a professional hockey player at a young age.
That meant making certain sacrifices and being forced to step out of his comfort zone in order to achieve his dreams.
“If you do work hard enough and put in the time those opportunities will be available to you,” Rabbit said.
Rabbit was drafted by the Bostin Bruins in 2005, but never had the opportunity to play in the NHL.
However he is still grateful for the people who helped shape his journey in the professional hockey world.
“It is important that these kids know there is rejection but there is also a lot of positives that come from rejection,” Rabbit said.
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