Lighting the spark

Jason Kerr/Daily Herald Prince Albert Northern Bears (from left to right) Story Navrot, Jadyn Kushniruk, Sierra Parenteau and Colby Donald were up in Pinehouse promoting women’s hockey on Dec. 13 as part of Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.

Prince Albert Northern Bears defenceman Colby Donald had never run a practice before, but it’s an experience she was happy to have.

Donald, along with teammates Story Navrot, Jadyn Kushniruk and Sierra Parenteau, accompanied coach Jeff Willoughby to Pinehouse, Sask. to promote Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.

Part of those duties involved teaching skills to the next generation of hockey players, which was something Donald was eager to do.

“I thought it was a really nice experience,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like that, to help (demonstrate) a practice. It was really interesting to see how drills were planned and to help develop skills in the northern communities.”

For the four teammates, there was a special emphasis on promoting women’s hockey. Lots of girls try the sport and enjoy it, but they sometimes need a little push to stay involved.

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