Liverpool will once again have someone to cheer on at the Atlantic Challenge Cup this weekend, as Kristen Gordon made the team for the second year in a row.
Fourteen-year-old Kristen Gordon is part of the Nova Scotia Female Under 15 team for the second year in a row, and will be competing in the Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick this weekend. Kelly Brooks photo
Kristen will play for the Nova Scotia Female Under 15 team in Moncton, New Brunswick for the 15th anniversary of tournament, which regroups the best players from the Atlantic Hockey provinces in an annual best on best competition.
“I’m not as nervous to be going this year,” says Kristen. “I’m excited.”
Kristen says the most rewarding part of being involved in hockey for so long, is being given the opportunity to participate in this tournament.
“I was looking forward to hopefully getting into the championship game and winning the tournament this year,“ says Kristen. “Last year we came second and got silver.”
Trent Gordon, Kristen’s father, says it is great to have Kristen so involved with hockey, and having her come so far.
“I think as a parent you need to be really supportive of your kids,” he says. “Don’t try to force it on them, but encourage them to have fun with whatever they do, and they’ll be more successful.”
Kristen has been successful with her hockey, but everything she has accomplished did not come without hard work.
“During the summer I went to hockey camp,” says Kristen. “I was also roller-skating trying to strengthen my legs, and we set up nets in the garage where I just shot pucks.”
Trent says Kristen has realized hockey has taken her and her family a lot of places, such as Toronto, Vermont, PEI, and Montreal, where they have met a lot of nice people and made many good friends. He also adds he has seen Kristen’s confidence and self esteem build with playing hockey.
“She was quite shy before five years old,” he says. “When she started hockey, she’s kind of slowly moving out of that and leads life with more confidence.”
Kristen says she would recommend playing hockey to other girls because it’s a great way to meet some new people and stay in shape.
“Girls should come out and try it,” she says. “Even if you don’t want to be competitive with it, it’s a lot of fun.”
For the last eight years Kristen has played hockey in Queens County. However, this winter Kristen will be playing for the Bantam AA South Shore Ice Sharks in Bridgewater.
Since she started playing, Kristen has been on many different hockey teams, and one day she hopes to play professionally.
“That’s what my main goal is for the long run,” she says. “I’d like try and make the Olympic team or the under 22 Canada team. I’m hoping.”