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By Chris Woodall
"I would like the hockey players going to the Olympics to think about this story about trying."
So ends Caitlin Currie's essay, "What hockey means to me."
It was picked as the best Grade 5 district submission in the NHL Cool School Writing Contest, one of the activities surrounding January's professional hockey all-star game in Vancouver.
Caitlin attends Myrtle Philip Elementary School. Her essay was one of 16,000 entries from B.C. students in Grades 4-8.
Christie Cunneyworth, a Grade 4 student living in Brackendale, won district honours for her Grade category.
Both winners got a letter of congratulations from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
The essays were selected by the entrants' teachers. Principals then selected the best essay of each school grade for consideration district-wide.
"She's quite a prolific writer," says Caitlin's teacher Gerhard Reimer.
Caitlin's story is based on a "true to life" tale of a sister (Kate) encouraging her brother (Luke) to keep trying to learn how to play hockey.
"It worried her that other kids might make fun of him when he missed an easy pass," Caitlin writes.
"But she was proud of him for trying and not getting frustrated about something. This was his third practise and he seemed better and more confident than he had been before," Caitlin writes.
Kate goes to the next game with Luke and hands him a mini chocolate bar as extra encouragement. Luke does so well that "he even chipped in an assist."
"You could tell when he got tired and slowed down, but he still kept going," Caitlin writes.
Luke's team wins, but on the way to his dressing room, Kate overhears about two hockey moms who are banned from hockey for fighting.