Hingham women’s hockey looks forward to next season
This group of women gets together once a week to “de-stress,” but it’s not your typical ladies’ night out. For the past two years, these Hingham moms, aptly named the Hingham Harbormoms, have played ice hockey at Pilgrim Skating Arena. But they are not your typical athletes. Most of these women only learned to skate two years ago when, after having sat in a rink for years cheering on their children, they took on the challenge of learning how to play hockey themselves.
“I got dared into it, and I can’t walk away from a dare,” joked Lucy Jacobus, one of the founding members of the team.
Lucy’s two sons and her 11-year-old daughter play hockey, and her husband played in high school. Lucy wore his gear when she first started playing. Some women wore figure skates. None of them knew how to play. “Most of us have hockey kids,” said Lucy. “When we learned to skate two years ago, our kids held our hands and helped us around the rink.”
The Harbormoms have come a long way since their days of crashing into the boards in order to stop and getting penalties for too many players on the ice. Watching how comfortable they are doing skills and drills and scrimmaging each other, it looks like they’ve been playing their whole lives. One thing hasn’t changed though: their children remain a motivating factor. “I’m proud when I learn something new that I can share with my kids,” said Lucy.
The team credits their coach, Bruce Haas, with the progress they have made. Bruce is a Hingham resident and a Level 5 coach who retired from banking five years ago. He has been a youth hockey coach for more than forty years and is currently coaching the Hingham High School Harborwomen. Bruce volunteers his time coaching the Harbormoms, something they are supremely grateful for.
Life for parents of young children is busy, so why would these women embark on something so new and so physically challenging? One reason is because it was so new and physically challenging. “Our kids always see us doing things that we have already mastered,” said Jen McGuire. “Meanwhile, everything in their lives is new. I wanted my kids to see me try something for the first time, to watch me struggle with it – just like they do.”
All of these ladies consider hockey to be a great way to meet new people and have some time for themselves too. Since the team was formed two years ago, a strong bond has been formed among them. “The Harbormoms are such wonderful friends,” said Lucy.
Their families encourage them to play. However, with their kids’ schedules, work and other obligations, finding the energy to get out the door on a weeknight can be difficult. That’s why they created a text messaging group. They send reminders about practice and inspirational thoughts to motivate each other to stick with it, because ultimately they all know that the reward is great. “Once you’re here, it’s so much fun,” said Lucy.
So, what advice would these trailblazing women give to others who might consider lacing up a pair of hockey skates? “Do it!” is the rousing response. “Just try it!” One suggestion on how to get started includes going to public skating at a local rink. But most importantly, said Jaime Cleary, “Don’t take yourself seriously.”
Their 2019-2020 season may have come to a hard hockey stop complete with a giant spray of ice, but the Harbormoms still keep in touch in their group chat and are looking forward to taking the ice together next season. “Summer skating is less expensive, but no one is around,” said Lucy. “So we will take the summer off from skating and have something in place for September.”
Lucy Jacobus, Robin Davis, Anne Hogan, Kim Stocks, Cara Arnold, Karen Cassidy, Jaime Cleary, Stephanie Gay, Kristin Healy, Kimberly Johnson, Beth Kittredge, Marissa MacDonald, Deborah Maher, Jen McGuire, Katie Murray, Kara Pizzelli, Susan Richardson, Melissa Schorr
Anyone interested in learning more about the Hingham Harbormoms can contact Lucy Jacobus at email@example.com.