Anybody involved in youth hockey knows the life of a hockey parent is no cake walk. It can be a full-time job driving back and forth to the rinks, shopping for equipment, tying skates, keeping the kids energized, and cheering them on at all their games. The Motown Classic is one of the largest collections of dedicated parents in the entire hockey world. We have more than 6,000 players in Detroit this weekend and each one has a support system that makes the whole experience possible.

One parent from Pennsylvania told us the Motown Classic was a chance for her family to come together in one place, a rare occurrence for parents with multiple players in their home.

“We have two kids that play hockey so usually my husband and I are never together, but both of our kids are playing in this tournament so we’re all here together,” she said. “It’s becoming a lifestyle; it’s a hockey community.”

She was also happy to see her children improving as they competed against teams from all over the country. “It’s exciting to see so many different teams come together from all over the place; it’s great competition – fast games and a lot of really good shots,” she said.

Three mothers from a Detroit 05 team said all of the hard work to keep your kids involved in hockey pays off because you get to see the ways the game impacts their lives on and off the ice.

“Hockey is like a family, you make so many lasting friendships,” they said in reference to both their children and the relationships they’ve built amongst parents. “The boys learn sportsmanship and organization, and they have friends who they’ve played with from mighty mites until now.”

At the end of the day, the countless hours are worth it when the kids create lasting memories of the good times they had playing youth hockey–memories many of their parents still have from their own playing days.

A parent who traveled from Chicago said, “you just want your kids to enjoy it and do well, and make sure they’re having a good time.”

If your kids are having a blast at the Motown Classic and you’re interested in future LGS Hockey events, check out www.lgshockey.com and plan your next tournament!