LANTZ: Kiara Keddy is making the adjustment to faster, more competitive hockey with Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) just fine.
The Lantz native is playing the sport she loves with OHA Under-17 (white) girls hockey team, outside of Cornwall, Ont. While home for the Christmas break, she took to the ice with the Girls Rule Hockey School camp to keep her skills sharp. She was scheduled to head back to OHA on Jan. 2.
“I’m having a lot of fun,” said Keddy after an on-ice scrimmage with Girls Rule Hockey School on Dec. 29. “There’s 50 girls with the programs. We’re all like a big family.”
There is no real stats keeping for goals and assists, but Keddy said she is learning and has seen improvements in her game in just the first half of the year.
She’s just 13-years-old and is playing with and against players up to four years her senior with the U-17 team.
“It’s a lot more aggressive and competitive, so I had to work on my speed a bit,” said Keddy.
Keddy commented on getting in some extra ice time at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz.
“It was nice to be out there,” she said.
In the lead up to coming home, mom Bernice said Keddy was counting down the days til she would hit N.S. soil for the holiday break. And as soon as she landed, she began counting down until she would be returning to OHA, joked Bernice.
“Absolutely,” said Keddy. “I miss the girls and the friends I’ve made.”
She’s looking forward to herself and her OHA teammates continuing their progress in the second half of the season.
“I think we can keep having success,” said Keddy.
Is she looking forward to returning home to play hockey? Not really, said Keddy.
“I really like it in Ontario with OHA,” she said.