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Protec Hockey essay writing contest winners!

Congratulations to our Protec Duck essay contest winners!!

1st  Jack  Buonato

Buonato- “Every goal, every shot, every celebration, every chant before games gives you this feeling that you’re on top of the world.”

2nd  Charlotte Smekal

Smekel- “My brother and dad inspired me to be who I am right now.”

3rd  Daniel  Lernerman

Lernerman- “I really miss my teammates and my coaches, and I really miss playing.  I hope that hockey returns soon!”


I hope everyone had a safe, healthy holiday.  As rinks, gyms, and even parks are closed, I’m sure the kids are looking for things to do.  We have the perfect thing that combines their love of hockey and school work.  We’ve created an essay contest open for all players, even from other organizations that are looking to become Ducks next season.  Please see the attached requirements, due date, prizes ($500, $250, $100 off tuition).  I encourage all of you looking to have your child find things to do, because it’s educational and fun.  Any questions, please let me know.   



  1. Essays must meet the requirements and be submitted on time

  2. Essays will be judged by out of state professionals with no personal connection to Protec Ponds

  3. Players age will be taken into account at the time of judging

  4. No pictures on the essay

  5. Please return essays to PatrickAlvin:



  1. Typed, double spaced, 12 point font, spell checked/grammar checked

  2. 1.5—2.5 pages

  3. Name and current grade level must be on the first page


Essay Question:

What does Ice Hockey mean to you and when we return to the ice from COVID-19 how will you be a different player? Think about including your family, teammates, coaches, and Protec Ducks in your answer.


Due date: May 7th, 2020



1st place $500 off 2020—2021 Protec Ducks tuition

2nd place $250 off 2020—2021 Protec Ducks tuition

3rd place $100 off 2020—2021 Protec Ducks  tuition

     * Prizes are money to be taken off Protec Ducks tuition in the 2020—2021 season only*