The fact that men can’t join the team doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t help the team. Men can help out with being officials and skating as well — just not doing any of the hitting the ladies get to do. Bourgeois said that people in the community who want to feel part of the team can come and skate with them.
“When we advertise, we have a Fresh Meat Night, which is recruiting skaters, but we also include members of the community who can become a nonskating official,” Bourgeios said. “They basically keep score, penalty box and timing, which are cool because I always try to get my guy friends to get involved.”
With the sport being rough, injuries are bound to happen. With skaters always falling to the ground or getting pushed down, it’s tough to stay healthy. Lester actually is just getting over an injury she had last year.
“I have gotten injured,” Lester said. “I just had surgery actually on both my legs in July 2012, which was horrible. But I started skating again in October and love the sport still.”
The team next has a meet against Ottawa at home on April 27, and the team is having a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at Conroy’s Organics in Chazy. The cost is $5 for two pancakes.