One four-year-old has gone viral (again) after his father hooked him up to a microphone while he learns to play hockey.
If Canada is known for its love of hockey, and that passion starts young. Every year, parents sign their kids up for Timbits hockey, where they learn how to skate, shoot the puck and have fun on the ice. It’s a tradition up in the Great White North, and Jeremy Rupke (of How To Hockey) was no different when he enrolled his son, Mason, in his first season playing the game. It didn’t take long for the four-year-old to get the hockey world’s attention either. That’s because, after getting a little curious about what Mason was saying when he was on the ice, Rupke decided to mic-up his kid. The video was a hit, so much so, we got another one — this time with a go pro.
As you probably guessed, the seven-minute video is absolutely adorable, and probably relatable for any parent who put their kid into a hockey program. Mason is at an age where all the kids are still learning, so there’s a lot of falling, mixed in with adorable interactions with his teammates — including one moment where he asks one kid to be his best friend, only to be treated with a head-shake. The whole thing culminates with his “first game”, where he swaps between forward and goalie before wrapping things up with a handshake with the opposing team.
Aside from this being cute, it’s an interesting view into the world of a kid just learning how to play hockey. It’s not easy to learn, and when you are starting out, it can be a little frustrating, but it looks like the kids on the rink were having a good time. Aside from that though, the sport is a big deal in Canada, and odds are, most Canadians have been in Mason’s position at one point or another. Most importantly, however, it looks like he’s having a blast. The coaches look like they’ve cultivated an atmosphere where playing a sport is fun, which is a great building block for a child.