Hayley Wickenheiser video message thrills Bonavista girls team

Published on February 2, 2017
Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser's recently recorded video encouraging the Boavista-Trinity Cabots girls under-12 hockey team has received a lot of positive feedback on social media.
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The Bonavista-Trinity Cabots girls under-12 team has a hall of famer rooting for them this weekend.

The team is one of six taking part in the Adam Pardy Female Under 12 Invitational at Cabot Stadium in Bonavista Saturday and Sunday.

Trevor Elliott emailed Wickenheiser last week to tell the four-time Canadian women’s hockey gold medal winner just how great a group the girls are. Wickenheiser responded with a minute-long video of encouragement.

“In my career I probably lost as many games as I won through the years if you added it all up, and part of sport is learning how to turn failure into success,” Wickenheiser says in the video, which Elliott posted Facebook on Tuesday.

It has since been viewed nearly 20,000 times.

Elliott, whose 10-year-old daughter is a member of the team, said the girls were “over-the-moon excited” when he shard the video with them.

“I can say the main reason I contacted Hayley was because I just wanted to try and give the girls some motivation and inspiration, for not only their hockey career and upcoming tournament, but you know with Hayley you are getting words to live by because of the type of caring person she is,” Elliott said. 

Elliott said Adam Pardy and his family are major supporters of girls’ hockey and minor hockey in general.

Pardy, a Bonavista native, is presently playing with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and can’t attend the tournament. His parents Stan and Lorraine Pardy will be there, however, and will take part in the opening ceremonies and the medal presentations.

“Hockey here in Bonavista is alive and well and people of all ages are participating whenever they can, and it's because of people like Hayley Wickenheiser who lead and pave the way so that people can get out and enjoy hockey without discrimination,” Elliott said.

Elliott said the Bonavista-Trintity Minor Hockey Association may be small but it has a very good reputation in the minor hockey community.

“We are trying to encourage girls’ hockey and it's grown a lot in the past two years,” he said.