The Season of Giving and Hockey

By Bethany Drysdale

            There is always something special about this time of the year that brings friends and families together in the spirit of love and friendship. This weekend was a busy one for us, as three big events took place on and off the ice. Saturday night, the 57th AMXS Maintenance Squadron at Nellis AFB hosted 800 airmen for their Christmas party. Among the items donated for raffle prizes were a military appreciation UNLV Rebel Hockey jersey and tickets to each of the upcoming home games. We would like to say a special thank you to General Manager Zee Kahn for this awesome donation. Also donated were free public skate passes to City National Arena. My husband, Marcus, put in all of his raffle tickets on the UNLV jersey, which he won and has proudly worn already.

            On the other side of town, my boys and I attended a fundraiser for one member of our 8U Junior Golden Knights hockey players. Colin Magdon is fighting a brave battle against leukemia. At 7 years old, Colin is proving he is a Knight both on and off the ice. His hockey family organized a raffle, bake sale and skate night at City National on Saturday. Hundreds took to ice to skate for Colin, with all proceeds and money raised being given to his medical bill and family expenses. His gofundme is and friends can follow his progress on social media under the hashtag #colin44strong. Colin’s goal is to overcome cancer and get back on the ice again. In the spirit of giving and hope, we hope our readers would consider a donation to this young man.

        Finally, Sunday night, a skate with Santa for the students enrolled in the learn-to -skate program filled the ice at City National. With Santa taking a center ice seat, kids could get photos with him and skate with mom and dad. It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy family ice time and get some extra practice for the kids. For my boys, what impressed them the most was that Santa could skate too and had a hockey stick!

            This time of year is the perfect opportunity to try ice skating if you have not done so before. Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel offer a chance to skate outside, with the holiday lights all around. City National, Sobe Ice at Fiesta and Las Vegas Center Ice all offer public skate times too, with skate rentals available. You are never too old or too young to get out on the ice. I am an average skater, on my best days, but I love stepping out on the ice and gliding along with my kids. I highly recommend gloves and a helmet for new skaters. Take it slow and easy and always have fun.