ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, California – Eight year old Zoey Yeh is a young speed hockey player who knows how to handle the puck.
She comes from a family with two siblings who also play. If Zoey scores, she’ll do it for you.
What you need to know
- The LA Kings hosted four special camp sessions for girls ages 6-12 in October
- The camp was hosted by Kings Scout Blake Bolden, a women’s ice hockey pioneer
- The team also hosted a youth camp for teenagers in Mexico City this week
“That makes my mom and dad proud,” said Zoey.
Zoey has dressed every Friday for the past month to attend the Los Angeles Kings Girls’ Camp, which is designed for players ages 6 to 12. While Zoey is all about competition, there’s another reason she’s on the ice.
“Because my friends skate with me,” she said.
Zoey and her pals learn from Blake Bolden, a Kings scout and pioneer in women’s hockey. She said she saw herself in all of the young women participating in the program.
“I was 7 years old, 8, 9, 10 years old and I was trying to work my edges, learn to shoot,” said Bolden. “It’s really cool that it’s all girls together, which I never had when I was growing up.”
Bolden added that this is just the beginning of the game, which is becoming more diverse.
“Statistically, hockey is the fastest growing sport for girls in the country, so naturally there will inevitably be more girls on the ice than we’ve seen in the whole country,” she said. “All clubs rely on girls and youth hockey.”
Zoey is all about loving the game and, frankly, doing something cool
“I don’t get bored,” she said.
It’s not boring to watch Zoey on the ice and with these young ladies learning from the best who knows where the game can take them.