Commitment wins over distance for Sanders family

Despite playing out of town, nothing hinders their love for hockey

Ethan Sanders, 12, played for the peewee Tier 1 Kamloops Blazers. He is now playing for the Pacific Northwest Hawks for the spring season.

Ethan Sanders, 12, played for the peewee Tier 1 Kamloops Blazers. He is now playing for the Pacific Northwest Hawks for the spring season.

Jeremy Hannaford

Free Press

Laura Sanders has a mantra she always tells her two boys Ethan, 12, and Keegan, 7: “When you commit to something, you have to finish it no matter what.”

Ethan played for the Peewee Tier 1 team Kamloops Blazers during the winter and is currently playing for the Pacific Northwest Hawks for the spring season.

Keegan played for the Total Ice Titans Novice team in Williams Lake. He now plays for the BC Interior Stars, a novice division AAA team out of Osoyoos.

Ethan says he feels his parents’ willingness to drive him and his brother to their games is connected to their playing efforts.

I think they are happy with us as long as we put in the effort.”

Laura says both boys have shown considerable effort as the Blazers won the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association league for peewee Tier 1. The team continued on to win silver in the provincials.

Keegan went to the AAA Pacific Showcase tournament with the Total Ice Titans in Coquitlam in April. The team went on to win bronze.

When it comes to financial decisions, Laura says the family is quite prepared for the upcoming seasons.

We do a lot of extra fundraisers and we do what we can to make sure our boys play.”

She and husband, Jamie, both switch driving duties for Ethan and Keegan, so they can see both boys play.

Despite the continuous long drives out of town, Laura says has no ill thoughts when it comes to making sure her boys can play.

They love hockey, so they’re up and ready to go even if they have to leave at three in the morning for Kamloops. They’re happy.”

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