“The one thing I always noticed when I had the natural ice is as soon as my son would be able to get on the ice, his goal scoring would go up. It was all about the hands, in tight and the finish work. The fact that he could invest all the time and have fun doing it without the coaches barking at him or the structure of the drills, I thought that was interesting. He loved it back there.”
A former minor hockey parent, Dreger still tries to make his way to the rink when possible. He still misses the social aspect of the game.
“As long as your son or daughter are enjoying playing, they like the environment, it’s healthy, don’t worry if it’s A, AA or AAA. You know how many stories there are of NHLers who didn’t play AAA at all? There’s so many. It’s about perseverance and enjoyment and stick-to-itiveness.”