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IN DEPTH: Hockey Moms

The Oilers gave their mothers a heartfelt thank-you for their years of dedication to helping them achieve their dreams of making the NHL on the Moms Trip

by Ryan Frankson /

Ten-year-old Matt Benning arrived in Calgary with his dad Brian.

The father-son duo had made the trek down the QE2 as Matt's minor hockey team from St. Albert was competing in a tournament in Cowtown.

Since Brian - the former NHL defenceman of 568 games - was one of Matt's coaches, the family had their plan for the weekend all mapped out.

The Oilers alum would head to Calgary with his eldest son while mom Caroline would run the show from home, take middle sibling Abby to figure skating practice and look after their youngest child Michael who was just a toddler.

There was only one problem with this master plan. Matt had forgotten his freshly-washed, ready-for-action blue, gold and white "STA" jersey at home.

Brian called Caroline in a bit of a panic... "Matt's first game is this afternoon and he doesn't have his jersey! Can you do us a huge favour?"

Caroline sprang into action, quickly arranging alternate transportation for Abby to get to figure skating, strapping Michael in the car and hitting the highway to save the day.

Needless to say, she arrived in Calgary on time, Matt got his jersey and was able to play one of the hundreds of games on his path to the NHL, and another chapter was written in the never-ending saga of the hockey mom.


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