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What the Assist Fund means to me: Laureen Crane

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allowed Laureen’s son and daughter to stay in hockey and grow, as players and as people

Laureen Crane
January 19, 2022

As a mother, I want to make my kids happy. Hockey makes them happy, and they have grown so much on and off the ice.

Without the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund, hockey wouldn’t be a possibility for two of my children and I am so grateful for the support.

My 16-year-old son Quavis and my 14-year-old daughter Patricia have received the funding for their registrations this season. We previously used the Lace ‘Em Up Foundation, but learned they partnered with the Assist Fund, so I filled out the forms and we received the funding.

Both play goalie and both are ambitious in their dreams – hockey and otherwise.

Quavis wants to be known for playing hockey. He has struggled with his self-confidence, like any other goalie, but he takes every win and loss as a learning lesson. He hopes to continue to play hockey once his U18 season is over, but he will always love the game. If he can’t continue with hockey, he wants to be a veterinarian.

Patricia’s dream, ever since she started playing goal, was to play for Team Canada. She idolizes Shannon Szabados, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. She is still figuring out who she wants to be, but playing hockey at a high level is her dream.

My kids love hockey and playing with their friends, and I want them to be active and to stay on the straight path.

As a single mother, I work hard to keep them in the sport they love and having access to the Assist Fund allows me to do just that. With how expensive hockey is, it is really a godsend to me because I wouldn’t be able to afford to put either of them in hockey.

Getting this assist means a lot to us. Both Quavis and Patricia understand what it means for them to receive this funding so they can continue to play hockey. They are always talking about hockey – what happened last season, when the new season is coming up and how the next season is going to go. They love it.

When I was growing up in Onion Lake, Sask., hockey was a big thing. When I had my older kids, they weren’t interested in hockey, but were into other sports. When I had my younger kids and moved back to Maskwacis, Alta., a friend suggested I sign up my son Bradley for hockey. Quavis and Patricia quickly followed in his footsteps.

They love making friends, travelling to new places and seeing new people through hockey, and they are gaining skills on and off the ice. Through the game, they are learning how to be approachable and friendly, listen to their coaches and build their self-confidence.

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund helps all hard-working parents so we can keep them in hockey instead of telling them we can’t afford it. It helps us financially, of course, but it also helps us watch our kids grow and develop into the people they are.

Thank you to the Hockey Canada Foundation, partners and those who have donated to the Assist Fund. To be able to share our story and our experience – we are so grateful. It is such a great resource for many to keep kids in hockey.

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada


Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327


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