Young player and his family at Edmonton tournament raising level of hockey in Georgia
Without an NHL team, it’s hard to grow the sport of hockey in Atlanta.
But when you’re a western Canadian living in Georgia, like Dom Didomenicantonio, you do what you can to grow the sport.
The Winnipeg-born man who met his wife Kim while living in Los Angeles, moved to Atlanta when their son Enzo was born in order to be closer to Kim’s family. Didomenicantonio did what he could to support his passion for Canada’s game and bought an ice rink. It was mostly to support junior teams, but his son fell in love.
“My dad said, ‘Do you wanna play hockey?'” Enzo Didomenicantonio recounted. “And I said, ‘Rink rink.’ I kept saying rink and so he said, ‘I’ll take that as a yes.’
“It was pretty funny that’s why my parents told me what happened.”
And now Enzo is a star in the making. He was recruited to play for Team Minnesota at The Brick Tournament in Edmonton. He caught the coach’s attention when the defenceman outscored most forwards at a Brick Series prep tournament. Let’s not forget, he’s also a year younger than most players at this tournament — most were born in 2008.
“We knew he’d be ready even though he was an ’09,” said Team Minnesota coach Billy Hengen.
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