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HOCKEY AND HIGH HEELS A HIT

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Like anything in life, walking in High Heels can be challenging at first, then easily mastered as young girls have to learn how to keep their balance while walking around.

The same can be said for ice skating, more specifically, playing the game of hockey, which can also be challenging and difficult to keep one's balance.

Saturday at STAPLES Center, the two actions were brought together as Lisa Ovens, author of Hockey and High Heels, along with 25 other women learned about the game of hockey over a day-long event.

"This has been a really cool event," Ovens said. "It is not like this any where else, where you can wear some skates and be there and learn more about this sport is really great. This has been the most fun I have had."

Ovens book, Hockey and High Heels follows Lisa, and her sidekick Stacey, as they follow their hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks in their quest for the Stanley Cup. Visit hockeyandhighheels.com for more information.

"What is inside of a hockey fan knows no gender, we love this game, we are excited about this game and it doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman," she said. "There is no difference.

"Women are a misunderstood group of fans out there, I hope that what my book will do is to help with that."

The afternoon started out with a tour of STAPLES Center and the Kings locker room, and then an hour-long session on the ice with Kings radio color analyst Daryl Evans, who ran them through different drills designed to teach the ladies the basics of the game.

"The enthusiasm was great," Evans said. "There were a lot of smiles on their faces. I think there was a noticeable difference in the hour, they were tentative at the start and not really sure how to find their balance and at the end they were comfortable and capable of moving the puck down the ice."

One of the participants agreed.

"Today was a fun, day-long event geared toward women who want to get out here and learn the game without any guys around," said Connie Kim.

The women ranged in age and experience.

Jamie Footlick, who plays for the Lady Kings, was out there because she wanted to skate on the ice at STAPLES Center. She made it a mother/daughter activity by bring her 11-year old daughter Melody, who also regular plays in youth leagues at Toyota Center, for the clinic as well.

"I think it was awesome, they should do more events like this," Footlick said. "There was a majority of new skaters out on the ice which was nice to see.

Evans also was impressed with the turnout.

"I have been teaching hockey and skating for 36 years now and the growth of the amount of women and young girls playing the game is great. The best way to become a fan is to start playing it."

Ovens added in her speech to the attendees: "I have friends that are jealous right now about this happening,

"To have a day like this was very special and what the Kings are doing, they are just letting people know in this community that hockey is here."

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