The moment you can walk there’s a pair of skates put on your feet. It’s cold outside, because Quebec City is often chilly with lots of snow, which means it’s time to play ice hockey. Of course, the first pair of skates a child receives isn’t a size ten adult, NHL grade—though parents have hopes and dreams of such.
What children first receive and learn to skate with are a pair of double-bladed skates. That is to say, there’s two blades along the front and two along the back. Then the young skater goes onto the large bladed style before finally obtaining a regular pair. Of course, it’s necessary to build up to regular skates because it’s essential to learn how to slide across the ice first, and ankles need to be strengthened.
Gilles Gilbert, one of the top goalies in NHL history, began skating as soon as he started walking. Fortunately for Gilbert, he’s a natural athlete and the pro-baseball leagues wanted to draft him just as much as the NHL did.
He proudly states his daughter, Jennifer, received this athleticism from him and can pick up any sport she tries. His son, Terry, was also a natural on the ice and an excellent goalie, but he chose a different kind of athleticism in the long run and became a firefighter. Funny enough, it was a potential career Gilbert himself would have chosen if hockey hadn’t worked out.