Dr. Anne Abrahamson of Great Lakes Physical Medicine said that her son Nicholas grew up with a love for hockey.

“Nicholas asked to play hockey before Kindergarten,” said Abrahamson. “I was not sure where that was coming from at that time.”

Not wanting to overload Nicholas too fast, Abrahamson said she’d see how he handles a full day at kindergarten first. But he kept asking said Abrahamson.

“Then in the Spring of 2010, we signed him up for Grosse Ile’s ‘I’ (instructional hockey) program with Burdett Milkins,” said Abrahamson. “That man makes everyone love hockey!”

Soon after, Nicholas went on to play for the Grosse Ile Islanders House Team with coach Kathy Benko, who found out that Abrahamson’s uncles on her mother’s side were very involved in ice hockey. This lead to Abrahamson’s conclusion: “We believe the desire to play and love hockey is genetic!”

Abrahamson’s daughter, Ava, soon proved this point.

After being around hockey as a “rink rat” sibling, Abrahamson said “Ava played on coed hockey teams until at 8 years old, she was offered a position with the 10U Girls Belle Tire team.” Ava now plays for the 12U Belle Isle AAA team.

With Red Wings season tickets and a full family of hockey, Abrahamson then found out about coach Benko’s Women’s Downriver Whine League, “a ladies recreational drop in hockey team for newbies, beginners and anyone willing to play at any level for fun and exercise,” said Abrahamson.

Abrahamson said she was excited but a little hesitant to start. “I had skated only a couple times at the Lincoln Park Community Center as a kid,” said Abrahamson. “I could barely stand on those thin blades. I could not stop.”

“You are skating around on a slippery surface, on a blade an 1/8 of an inch thick – you need strength, endurance, focus and anticipation while quickly moving as someone else trying to stop you or score on you.”

Abrahamson said she wants other moms to give hockey a try too.

“We skate weekly out of the Brownstown Sports Center on Sunday nights and encourage any women interested to come out and give it a try.”

Dr. Anne Abrahamson’s medical practice, Great Lakes Physical Medicine, is located in Wyandotte. Visit greatlakesrehab.net for more info.

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