Time out For Others
“One Love, One Heart, Let’s get together and feel alright!”
In his capacity as strength and conditioning coach of the Richmond Sockeyes, and throughout the hockey community, Erick Cronier has developed many friendships. And it’s being able to count on their support that inspired him to create a charity whose goal is to give back.
For Others Society is a group of Lower Mainland volunteers, all with different skills and assets, who, through a shared passion of hockey, understand the importance of community. For Cronier it’s also a way to bring the Richmond hockey community closer together—including providing some mentorship to younger players from both the Richmond and Seafair minor hockey associations.
On Wednesday afternoon, despite a wicked snowstorm, Cronier and several current and former Richmond Sockeyes hosted a practice for several Peewee and Bantam A1 and A2 players featuring their favourite drills from their current teams. A short scrimmage followed.
“The society was created to use Canada’s favourite sport to unite all associations in Richmond—with no boundaries of team, organization or skill level, juust an opportunity for Richmond individuals to unite on the basis of loving hockey. We’re looking to build on the success of this event and continue with many more in the future,” said Cronier, who hopes to soon be able to organize a charity hockey game.
Cronier said the presence of the current and former Sockeye alumni, including current Western Hockey League players Brayden Low and Carter Popoff, was particularly fortunate. He said the minor hockey players look up to them and many aspire to follow in their footsteps.
Currently playing for the Vancouver Giants, Popoff and his older brother Turner (who plays with the B.C. Hockey League Langley Rivermen) were particularly keen to participate.
“They’re both real quality individuals who have great personalities and communicate well with the kids,” he said. “And they’re both good at school and sports, which makes them good role models.”