WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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pounds to each girl. But that's not all it does. "When you're covered in hockey equipment, you're not judged by how you look or the labels on your clothes, you're only judged for what you do on the ice, and that's empowering for girls," Perry says. "This sport is associated with strength and power and toughness — words often reserved for boys." And toughness is a trait that's not always apparent. Weene explains, "We have one girl who's an unbe- lievable dancer off the ice — very graceful. But when you put her in hockey skates, she's an animal." Unlike boys' hockey, girls' hockey doesn't allow real hitting. So at this age, it doesn't matter how big or how small you are. "Like many sports, you need speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, and a good sense of timing and space," explains Perry. "Many girls start play- ing as young as four- and five-years-old with the boys. But by the age of eight or nine they have the option to move to an all-girls U-10 team." Perry didn't start playing hockey until later in life. She grew up as a competitive fig- ure skater. When someone handed her a pair of ice hockey skates in high school, there was no turning back. "I loved the idea of playing a team sport versus an individual sport and taking on a new challenge." She ultimately became a co-captain of the Princeton wom- en's varsity ice hockey team. As the father of a boy and girls, Youngen has coached both genders. "Hockey players are all a little crazy, in a good way, considering 117 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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