July 4, 2018 8:03 pm
Updated: July 4, 2018 9:03 pm

Young player and his family at Edmonton tournament raising level of hockey in Georgia

WATCH ABOVE: The Brick Invitational has drawn a nine-year-old from non-hockey market Atlanta. It's all thanks to a hockey-crazed family trying to build up the sport in Georgia. Quinn Phillips reports.

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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.

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“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.

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“We knew he’d be ready even though he was an ’09,” said Team Minnesota coach Billy Hengen.

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