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Hockey Moms of Omaha gives local women a chance to play

Posted at 1:50 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 07:38:52-04

There is no age limit and no experience needed, but on Sunday nights local women are hitting the ice to develop their hockey skills. 

The group, who dubbed themselves "the Hockey Moms of Omaha," was started by Melissa Nguyen. Nguyen's goal was to get women on the ice and have fun. 

"I was a girly girl," Nguyen said."But you turn into, you turn a little bit tougher, you know you cuss a little, that's what hockey players do I guess." 

The group typically plays for an hour each Sunday with half the time dedicated to fundamentals and the other half dedicated to games. 

Players rent their sticks, helmets and gloves from the rink and newcomers to the sport are able to borrow other gear as well. 

Of course, for the beginners, there's a lot to get used to, but the moms say it has helped them connect with their kids who play. 

"This is the funnest thing I have ever done in my life," Jenica Pauletto said. "I hurt everywhere. My knees are so messed up, but I am back here."

"Once you are out there for an hour and realize you work up a sweat just getting dressed, you work up a great appreciation for what the kids are going through," Amy Sempek-Eyre added.