Budding hockey players from a Halifax-area team became overnight sensations when they were caught on tape trying to navigate the icy deep drop while facing off with their opponent in a game over the weekend.
Assistant coach Jesse Rodgers captured the whole scene in a video that has now gone viral. A real feast for the eyes, the hilarious clip shows the tiny players stepping — and then falling — onto the ice one-by-one, with some spinning around on their knees before hurrying to get up and skating off. At least one player navigated the drop without falling, and he celebrated by throwing his arms in the air in jubilation.
“They were just having fun,” said Rodgers, whose eight-year-old son plays on the team. “It’s a big jump.”
There is a bit of a step to get on the ice in Lunenburg. The locals must have great knees. Cc CarolinePosted by Jesse Rodgers on Saturday, February 23, 2019
The team played at the rink on Friday, and the coaches had to help the players onto the ice, while the other team — who were clearly more familiar with the rink — stepped onto the ice without any trouble at all.
“On Saturday, they wanted to do it too. They were all excited,” said Rodgers. He added that the step was waist-high for some players. According to Rodgers, the clip he posted to Facebook has been viewed nearly 85,000 times, while reposts of the video have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on social media. It was even picked up by Sportsnet and the popular hockey podcast Spittin’ Chiclets, which has 542,000 followers on Instagram.
“People are just loving it and finding it hilarious,” he said. “It just keeps going and going and going.”
Rodgers admitted that all this attention came as a surprise as he initially posted the video so family members who live abroad could enjoy the moment. The coach is really glad it shows the kids enjoying themselves as that is the ultimate goal for that level of hockey. The children have dubbed their team “The Beasts” and for their coach, “that makes it even better.” He added: “They look so excited about it in the video and I think people find that adorable.”