Eleven-year-old Logan Schafer has been playing hockey for five or six years. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minn.
During the regular season, he plays for the White Bear Lake Squirts. But with the pandemic, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz paused all high school and youth programs, including youth hockey, in fall 2020. Beginning in the new year, youth sports were allowed to resume, but with specific guidelines issued by the Minnesota Department of Health around games and practices.
Luckily for Schafer, there were lakes nearby that he could practice on that froze over during the winter. He could practice his moves by himself, though he admitted playing on a lake and outside of a rink presents some challenges.
“If you’re going to practice, like passing, it’s hard to practice passing with a snowbank or without anybody else or my dad,” he said.
Meanwhile, many other kids he knows who play hockey didn’t have access to a place to practice, which has set them back more.
There is a silver lining to this whole year. Schafer’s favorite thing about 2020: “No school for a while.” It has all felt like a very long summer break.
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