Sobczak to play hockey in Edmonton
Robert Sobczak, 10, of Cloquet is headed north this summer - all the way to Edmonton, Alberta. Sobczak will play in a hockey tournament the first week of July with the Minnesota Blades, a select AAA hockey team comprised solely of 10-year-olds an...
Robert Sobczak, 10, of Cloquet is headed north this summer - all the way to Edmonton, Alberta.
Sobczak will play in a hockey tournament the first week of July with the Minnesota Blades, a select AAA hockey team comprised solely of 10-year-olds and coached by former Minnesota North Star Brian Bellows.
In April, Sobczak was playing hockey at an event in Lake Placid, N.Y., when he received the invitation to play defense with the Minnesota Blades team at the Edmonton tournament.
He has since played in one tournament as part of that team, in which the Blades defeated a Canadian team, winning a shootout in overtime.
Sobczak said the upcoming tournament in Edmonton will be played on a rink in the world-famous Edmonton Mall.
"I've heard that it's really warm in there," he commented, "so I've been practicing with a sweatshirt on under my gear to try to get used to it!"
He said the team is guaranteed at least five games during the upcoming tournament, with a possible two additional games if they make it to the championship round.
Sobczak is a student at Churchill Elementary in Cloquet, and besides hockey he plays baseball, basketball, soccer and golf as well as ski jumping and cross country skiing.
"In my spare time I like to play tennis, too," he added with a grin.
After writing a letter soliciting support for his upcoming trip to Edmonton, Sobczak received a donation from the Cloquet Kiwanis Club.
His mother, Nancy, plans to accompany him to the tournament in Edmonton in July.
"This is a one-time opportunity," she commented.