CREATED Nov. 5, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- They are on the ice 4-5 days a week running drills, sharpening their skills, and putting Las Vegas hockey on the map. The dedicated parents and coaches with the Nevada Storm make Las Vegas a better place to live.
They slide, they collide, and they are making waves on the ice. This team of 6-8 year old boys is growing up on skates with Coach Jon at the helm.
"He really is teaching us how to play hockey." That was Chayse. 7-year-old Hunter would have something to say if his buddies would quit messing with him."Cause they are all being really annoying."
But it's that sibling-like banter that makes this Nevada Storm team so close and so effective playing hockey. Coach Jon Leleu says, "Really that's what these kids do. They are here 4-5 times a week. It gives them an opportunity to experience community. It's a bit of a brotherhood. They treat each other like brothers."
But this team also compete in the Empire Hockey League in Southern California where there is tougher competition. A huge commitment for parents and coaches alike. Though coach Jon says he's having more fun the second time around.
"So I was able to with my spare time give back to these kids and teach them the sport. It is something i really enjoy. i had more fun now than i ever did when i was playing."
"What's the best thing about coach Jon? He lets us do scrimmages. What's the worst thing? Suicides. He makes us do suicides."
The team plays under the name the Las Vegas Heat when they're out of town, which is every single weekend this month. Parents say coach is amazing. He says the same about them. It is a neat community they've built for these boys.