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Hockey dreams: Barton girl in the big city

<p>Meadow Carman of Barton is living in Halifax and playing for the Boston Pizza Midget AAA female hockey team there.</p>
<p>Meadow Carman of Barton is living in Halifax and playing for the Boston Pizza Midget AAA female hockey team there.</p>

HALIFAX – Meadow Carman has taken a big step towards reaching her hockey goals.

The 14-year-old from Barton moved up to Halifax last month to live with her grandparents and play hockey for the Boston Pizza AAA Midget girls hockey team.

Meadow says it is hard to be away from Digby. She misses her friends and family, she misses the farm, and the sunsets over St. Mary’s Bay.

“But my overall, whole hockey career goal is to be able to say I played for the women’s Olympic team,” she said, “It’s a large goal and it’s going to take a lot of steps to get there. This is a big step towards that goal.”

Meadow attended an ID camp last May with 60 girls and then headed to fall tryouts in August with just 35.

Coaching staff made the final cuts after the Pictou preseason tournament on Sept. 12 and 13.

While Meadow wasn’t surprised to make the team, she also wasn’t prepared for the long haul.

“I packed one big bag for the three to four weeks of tryouts and I barely have anything here,” she said. “It looks like the next time I’ll be home is Christmas so I’ve been texting Mom, you need to bring my rubber boots, my clothes, my hair stuff, extra hockey sticks…”

On the bright side, she says she and her grandparents are getting to know each other.

“If I didn’t have them here in Halifax, I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do,” she said. “I’m really glad to be with them and they’re excited for me to be here. They’re definitely getting to know me.”

Meadow says she helps out mowing the lawn and other chores when she’s not at the rink or training.

On top of games, the AAA team gets together three nights a week. Tuesday’s is a 1.5-hour practice with an hour of dryland afterwards, Wednesday night is sports conditioning and Thursdays is practice with a chalk talk before hand.

Plus the coaches provide them with extra challenges via their Facebook group.

“They want us to be doing something everyday we don’t have hockey,” said Meadow. “It could be running, 5 or 10 k, or we do plank challenges, like work our way up from 20 seconds to three minutes, every day. They challenge us to do things on our own, to use our own drive and own initiative.”

But then finding something to do isn’t Meadow’s problem.

She’s trying out for the hockey team at her new school, St. Agnes Junior High. They practice at 6 a.m. so it doesn’t interfere with Midget hockey. She’s also captain of the soccer team – they often have practices at lunch – and she plays football and plans to try out for basketball and volleyball and badminton.

“Whatever pops up,” she says. “I’m good with time management and I tell (the other teams and coaches) my Boston Pizza hockey is the reason I’m here, it’s my main priority, so if you don’t mind me missing some practices or games.”

And if that weren’t enough, Meadow ran for and won the job of prime minister of the student council.

“In my campaign speech I said I was going to bring some country girl spunk to St. Agnes,” she said. “My slogan was Meadow Carman, a breath of fresh air.”

The Boston Pizza team only has four rookies this year and most of the girls are 15 to 18.

“They are experienced and know a lot about hockey,” said Meadow. “I’m learning a lot from them. It’s definitely a higher level and higher pace.”

Still the young rookie from Barton was awarded defensive player of the game in their home opener.

“I didn’t feel like I had the greatest game,” she said. “I felt like I played okay but I still was nervous and had the jitters in me.”

Meadow says she is getting lots of advice about how to further her hockey career.

“It’s overwhelming and you don’t really realize it’s happening,” she said. “You get the gear bag and the uniform and the matching helmets and gloves and you really feel like you’re part of a team.

“Everything you’ve been working towards is slowing coming true.”

jriley@digbycourier.ca

The 14-year-old from Barton moved up to Halifax last month to live with her grandparents and play hockey for the Boston Pizza AAA Midget girls hockey team.

Meadow says it is hard to be away from Digby. She misses her friends and family, she misses the farm, and the sunsets over St. Mary’s Bay.

“But my overall, whole hockey career goal is to be able to say I played for the women’s Olympic team,” she said, “It’s a large goal and it’s going to take a lot of steps to get there. This is a big step towards that goal.”

Meadow attended an ID camp last May with 60 girls and then headed to fall tryouts in August with just 35.

Coaching staff made the final cuts after the Pictou preseason tournament on Sept. 12 and 13.

While Meadow wasn’t surprised to make the team, she also wasn’t prepared for the long haul.

“I packed one big bag for the three to four weeks of tryouts and I barely have anything here,” she said. “It looks like the next time I’ll be home is Christmas so I’ve been texting Mom, you need to bring my rubber boots, my clothes, my hair stuff, extra hockey sticks…”

On the bright side, she says she and her grandparents are getting to know each other.

“If I didn’t have them here in Halifax, I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do,” she said. “I’m really glad to be with them and they’re excited for me to be here. They’re definitely getting to know me.”

Meadow says she helps out mowing the lawn and other chores when she’s not at the rink or training.

On top of games, the AAA team gets together three nights a week. Tuesday’s is a 1.5-hour practice with an hour of dryland afterwards, Wednesday night is sports conditioning and Thursdays is practice with a chalk talk before hand.

Plus the coaches provide them with extra challenges via their Facebook group.

“They want us to be doing something everyday we don’t have hockey,” said Meadow. “It could be running, 5 or 10 k, or we do plank challenges, like work our way up from 20 seconds to three minutes, every day. They challenge us to do things on our own, to use our own drive and own initiative.”

But then finding something to do isn’t Meadow’s problem.

She’s trying out for the hockey team at her new school, St. Agnes Junior High. They practice at 6 a.m. so it doesn’t interfere with Midget hockey. She’s also captain of the soccer team – they often have practices at lunch – and she plays football and plans to try out for basketball and volleyball and badminton.

“Whatever pops up,” she says. “I’m good with time management and I tell (the other teams and coaches) my Boston Pizza hockey is the reason I’m here, it’s my main priority, so if you don’t mind me missing some practices or games.”

And if that weren’t enough, Meadow ran for and won the job of prime minister of the student council.

“In my campaign speech I said I was going to bring some country girl spunk to St. Agnes,” she said. “My slogan was Meadow Carman, a breath of fresh air.”

The Boston Pizza team only has four rookies this year and most of the girls are 15 to 18.

“They are experienced and know a lot about hockey,” said Meadow. “I’m learning a lot from them. It’s definitely a higher level and higher pace.”

Still the young rookie from Barton was awarded defensive player of the game in their home opener.

“I didn’t feel like I had the greatest game,” she said. “I felt like I played okay but I still was nervous and had the jitters in me.”

Meadow says she is getting lots of advice about how to further her hockey career.

“It’s overwhelming and you don’t really realize it’s happening,” she said. “You get the gear bag and the uniform and the matching helmets and gloves and you really feel like you’re part of a team.

“Everything you’ve been working towards is slowing coming true.”

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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