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Team (s): Hagerstown Bulldogs Bantam; Western Maryland Warriors
Jacob plays hockey for the Hagerstown Bulldogs Bantam team. He also plays spring Hockey on the Western Maryland Warriors Team. This is his 3rd season playing Hockey. He is a huge Washington Capitals hockey fan and is really looking forward to see Lars Eller playing this season!
Team: Tacoma Rockets (Co-ed) and the Washington Wild (Girls)
Madeline is a huge Caps fans and is rocking the red all the time. Madeline is 10 years old and this is her 5th season playing hockey. She is currently playing for the Tacoma Rockets (coed) and the Washington Wild (all girls) and she loves to play defense and center. Don't be fooled, she will put the boys in their place. Other than hockey, she loves animals (especially hamsters and mini pigs), acting and singing in school plays and choir, and arts and crafts.
Team: Potomac Patriots u19; Washington Wheelers; Heritage High School's Varsity team
Caleigh plays for the Potomac Patriots u19 girls team. She also plays for Washington Wheelers and Heritage High School's Varsity team. She is battling a condition causing her to slowly lose her vision. Caleigh has never let this stop her from lacing up her skates and playing hockey. She is a truly inspiring young lady who wants nothing more than to inspire others.
Team: Reston Raiders Peewee (U12) Silver team
Ethan Rostker, a member of the Reston Raiders Peewee (U12) Silver team and the Arlington Knights Middle School team, is 12 years old in 7th grade at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 20 months.
T1D can be particularly challenging for young athletes. If not careful, hard exercise can cause a life-threatening coma. Without extra insulin, the excitement of competition can cause dangerous acids to build up in the blood. Ethan wears an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitors to manage his blood sugar levels, on the ice and off, and rely on the help of his parents, teachers, and coaches to stay healthy.
But these challenges have not slowed him down. Ethan started playing hockey when he was four years old, at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. When he is not on the ice, Ethan plays lacrosse, sings in his school chorus and is training for his first JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes.
Cory M. AKA "Hot Sauce"
Team: Navy Youth Hockey, Squirt Gold, #26
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Cory is 9 years old and is a second year Squirt playing for Navy Youth Hockey. This is Cory's 2nd year playing hockey, where he loves playing defense, offense or where ever he is needed.
His other hobbies include chess, golf and Hero Boys running club.