Central Wisconsin Storm hosts free skating lessons to help shape future female hockey players

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – The goal of today’s free skate at Marathon Park was to give young girls the opportunity to find a sport they love and be part of a passionate community.

“I love this opportunity, especially for the girls in our community,” says JJ Deffner, tri-hockey coordinator, Marathon County Youth Hockey. “Although I love mixed sports, women’s hockey is something unique and special. There’s a bond forming between these girls that’s unlike anything I’ve seen.

Girls as young as four years old were able to receive help from the Central Wisconsin Storm, an all-female hockey team with 8u groups in high school. Like their college team are the reigning state champions.

For the storm, they were eager to provide advice to budding skaters.

“They just told me they were excited to be here and can’t wait to get on the ice to help these little girls,” Deffner said. “And that’s what it’s all about and that’s what makes my heart so happy at the end of every day.”

For a parent of Storm, he says he is thrilled to see his daughter being one of the many people helping out.

“I’m so proud, just to see the turnout here today is amazing,” said parent Eric Heuser. “All these young skaters here and they’re going to be the next generation of high school players.”

This helping hand is in an effort to grow the women’s hockey community in central Wisconsin, where they see current success and a promising future.

“Girls’ play is something we want to continue to develop,” Heuser says. “And seeing all these girls here today is just amazing that there’s so much popularity. And so we’re really looking forward to the future.

When you join the Storm, you shouldn’t be concerned about the cost, as the first year is free and all hockey equipment is provided at no cost.

If you want to join the Storm or find out more about the organization, click here.

To contact the Marathon County Youth Hockey organization, click here.

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