She’s the kid in the hockey candy shop
Terri Hupp is manager of the Misfit Maniacs, which lost to the Lady Blues, 2-1, in championship Game 5 but was the only team to score against the Lady Blues in the entire tournament.
As one of two daughters, Hupp wanted to play hockey as a child, but her parents did not think it a suitable game for girls. So at age 21 and already working in the Kensington Valley Ice Arena office, she took some lessons and became a hockey player.
I had asked for some comments about the Top Shelf tournament and hers and the Misfit Maniacs’ experience. I received this delightful response that makes you think of a little kid in a candy shop, with five bucks in her pocket.
I tried reaching Hupp but she missed my call, telling me later that she was playing in a game – “hockey, of course.” It reminded me of something I once heard Colleen Howe, wife and business manager of husband Gordie, say: “Hockey is a way of life!”
Here’s what Hupp told me when she had a chance to respond:
“Although we did lose, getting there was a huge accomplishment for the team. This was my second year playing in the tournament. I started playing hockey on Amy's fall team for the 17/18 season without any training or experience. I had only been skating for just over a year by that time (took only a handful of lessons but have been self-taught the rest of the way).
“This year's tournament was my first time managing a team. I took about four players from my fall team. My best friend was our goalie (Sarah Shevlin), and the rest of the team were all free agents. As a team where, except for my fall teammates, none of us had ever played together, we were proud to make it to the championship game. We had tied the same team 3-3 the night before to get in and only lost 2-1 in the championship. It turned out we were the only team to score on them the entire weekend, so that was a boost. We also did not lose a game until the championship with a 1-0-2 record with one win and 2 ties. It was a battle and we went farther than expected.
“We (the goalie and myself) had chosen the name Misfit Maniacs for the team, and it turned out to be fitting. We were a bunch of misfits, and you have to be a bit of a maniac to volunteer to play hockey with a bunch of people you don't know and in my case be the youngest (just turned 23) on the team and the manager. The women on my team all battled hard, and we were proud of our accomplishment. We plan to be back next year and win it all. Maybe with a few more misfits.
“Concerning the Top Shelf Spring Classic Tournament itself, this was my second year in assisting Amy Finkbeiner in running the event. There is a large amount of work that is put in just in the months leading up to the tournament for sure. …
The best part about assisting in running this tournament has to be the weekend itself. Seeing all the hard work come together and being able to put on this large tournament for adults. There are tournaments all the time for younger ages but not so much adults. And to have 22 women’s teams is amazing. I enjoy walking around and seeing all the good hockey and people having a good time, win or lose. You are never too old to play hockey or to start playing is my view.”
We couldn’t agree more.