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Hobbema Hockey Tyke to Bear Flag at New Year’s Eve World Junior Champions

by NationTalk on January 9, 2012565 Views

Ethan Smallboy has a big hockey heart. The eight-year-old lives and breathes hockey, says his father, and keeps his grades up so he can continue playing.

This is no small feat given his world: He is growing up on the violence-plagued reserve of Hobbema, where at least two shootings, one of a five-year-old boy, occurred in 2011.

Such violence, however, is but on the periphery for Ethan: He has been chosen to bear the Canadian flag for the country’s hockey team at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton on New Year’s Eve.

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