Chloe White of Stephenville, daughter of Betty White and Brian Lush, is enjoying her first season of organized hockey with the Stephenville Minor Hockey Association.
Betty White made her daughter Chloe a promise and didn’t want to disappoint her, so she gave the thumbs up to Chloe playing minor hockey this year.
Chloe, a 10-year-old Grade 5 student at Stephenville Elementary, is now playing hockey for the first time, suiting up with the girls Under-12 group.
She’s also playing with the boys in the atom division under the Stephenville Minor Hockey Association umbrella.
Chloe wanted to register for minor hockey last winter when her brother Jake picked up the sport, but mom told her to wait and promised she would allow her to play in one division — but not two — if she still had a keen interest this year.
Betty had a good idea of how badly Chloe wanted to play. She recalls last winter seeing her daughter gather up some used hockey equipment so she could join her brother and some friends for a game of shinny on a neighbour’s outdoor rink.
Mom and dad weren’t about to stand in her way. They know it made Chloe happy.
“I’m just overjoyed ... when I see her going out on the ice her eyes are shining with glee,” Betty said.
Chloe is among the thousands of boys and girls who will be celebrating Grant Thornton Minor Hockey Week, which begins in earnest today with a kick-off ceremony at the Robert French Memorial Arena in Conception Bay South.
Chloe is participating in a U12 female hockey tournament next weekend in Stephenville as part of the celebrations.
She can’t wait.
“I feel really good because I like spending a lot of time with my friends and I like going to tournaments with them because we go in hotels and meet new friends when we go away,” Chloe said.
She has no big dreams or lofty goals. She just focuses on having fun and being around her friends.
“I want to try my best and try to get on the high school hockey team when I get older.”