Like many hockey moms across the country, Kasey Salmi is no stranger to her local arena. She can often be found either shuttling her son Zachary to and from Arcadia Arena in Phoenix, or in the stands cheering his team on. What’s a little different about Kasey though, is that she laces up the skates and hits the ice every week!
Not content to just sit on the sidelines, Kasey along with a few other moms whose sons played in the same association VOSHA (Valley of the Sun Hockey Association), started taking lessons last January with instructor Jon Holliday. “It was fun, footloose and fancy free; no strings attached, time for us not as moms but as ourselves.” says Kasey.
Within a few months the group had grown to five and they entered themselves in a local 3-on-3 tournament to benefit Breast Cancer. At this point they were a team, but without jerseys or an identity. Cue the team’s sense of humor and creativity.
The name Mother Puckers was selected and their logo was designed a boyfriend of one of the moms. By April the Mother Puckers found themselves on the front page of the lifestyle section of a local newspaper and they started receiving inquiries from moms across Phoenix wanting to play hockey; not difficult to imagine considering they’ve replaced the last name of their jerseys with pseudo names such as “Hewey’s Mom”.
We were introduced to the team shortly after they had grown to 14 regular members. Kasey contacted TeamPages wanting to learn more information as well as with some feature requests for the new web service. The Mother Puckers use TeamPages mostly to post messages, check game attendance and share pictures. “Everyone seems to like and use the site. Plus all of our new players now have one spot to find everything,” says Kasey.
Even in the midst of a 6 game mini-series with another local team from Flagstaff called the Train Wrecks, the Mother Puckers are always on the look out for other hockey moms to play. So if you’re in the Phoenix area and feel that you could enjoy a little time on the ice yourself, the only criterion for becoming a member is that you’re a mom.
For more information, or to contact the Mother Puckers, check out their TeamPage at http://www.teampages.com/teams/5115.