The lifestyle and habitual acts that reside within the game of hockey are gifts that keep on giving, no expiry date imminent for Lorna LeBlanc.
The executive director of the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association (GPMHA) recently celebrated her 25th year with the local stick and puck fraternity.
“Over the years, I have developed so many friendships, very valued friendships. I’ve seen a lot of kids grow up and they still send me pictures and (update me on) what they’re doing,” LeBlanc said.
Leblanc noted that she used to get invited to dance recitals, which is another emphasis on the extended family nature resonating within the continual national craze.
“The hockey community is really close, it’s a lifestyle and you can develop friendships that last for years and years or decades.”
LeBlanc hit the quarter century mark on Jan. 3, no serious bells and whistles in terms of an over-the-top celebration; just a thank-you for a hockey job lasting this long, a job well done.