kids for four years,” says Lisa Milofsky-
Pinard, 48, of Bethesda. “It’s something
they do, but I like to skate, so why not do
something for me? It’s something I look
forward to. This is my block of time.”
Jody Miller has spent countless hours
watching her 14-year-old triplets—
Ethan, Cameron and Shane—play hockey
for Winston Churchill High School.
Approaching 50, the Potomac mom
wanted to “try something new, a little out-
side of the box.” If nothing else, she figured,
learning to play would give her something
to talk about with her teenage sons: “How
else am I going to relate to them?”
Another mom, Erika Dickstein of
Bethesda, says she was looking for a way
to reignite a thirst for adventure that had
been all but extinguished after her kids
were born when she was in her 30s. Now
45, she became a hockey mom when her
older daughter, Lily, began playing four
years ago with the youth hockey association. Her younger daughter soon followed, and Dickstein has been helping to
manage the team.
Growing tired of sitting in the stands,
Dickstein had checked out training
programs early last year, even briefly
researching adult camps before dropping the idea. Then she learned about
the hockey association’s program and
decided it was time to try something new.
“I don’t do much new in my life, and
it’s certainly something I’m not confident at,” says Dickstein, who has blogged
about her experience, dubbed “Project
Old Dog, New Tricks” on her website,
As they finish dressing, Dickstein
and the other women pull helmets over
curls, bobs and ponytails, shuffle across
the hallway to the rink, and step confi-
dently onto the ice.
That first practice three months
earlier? Not so much.
The women showed up that day hauling
gear that reflected the old wedding adage:
something borrowed, something blue,
something old, something new. Nearly
everyone had raided their children’s or
husband’s equipment bags, and some had
purchased new skates and helmets.
Kammerman says her uniform came
together through gifts for her birthday and wedding anniversary. The family of another player, Laurie Jacobs of
Potomac, gave her gear for Mother’s Day.
Struggling to put on the equipment
Leora Greene pushes
the puck past Cat Torres.
applies lipstick after the
end of a training session
while daughter Tory
to his wife,
the ice as the
two battle for
the puck in
front of goalie