Meet MTU’s Biggest Little Hockey Fan

Victoria D. Doty

In her very own words (with assistance from Mom), Husky Hockey super enthusiast Jade shares the scoop on her rink routines, amazing enthusiast cutout and bestie Blizzard. “Blizzard lives at the hockey rink at Daddy’s perform. Hims sleeps there,” stated Jade, whose father Dallas Steward is an assistant coach for […]

In her very own words (with assistance from Mom), Husky Hockey super enthusiast Jade shares the scoop
on her rink routines, amazing enthusiast cutout and bestie Blizzard.

“Blizzard lives at the hockey rink at Daddy’s perform. Hims sleeps there,” stated Jade, whose father Dallas Steward is an assistant coach for the Michigan Technological College Huskies hockey group.
Since 2017, at the ripe outdated age of eighteen months, Jade has donned MTU’s signature black-and-gold
“over-hauls” to cheer on the
group and shell out high-quality time with her buddies, which include mascot Blizzard T. Husky,
the Huskies Pep Band and
Mitch’s Misfits

Photograph Your Husky Spirit

Digital supporters can put a cutout in the stands for volleyball and basketball as perfectly
as hockey. Cost is $45 and you get to acquire home a amazing memento when the season is
carried out (select up or spend a shipping charge to have it despatched to you). 

Test out MTU sporting activities enthusiast cutout guidelines and tips and get by Jan. 29.

This season, which would have been the youngster’s fourth cadging popcorn and candy
(no just one can say no to her, states mother Janet Steward) and socializing with her vast circle
of arena friends is significantly from standard since of wellness and protection protocols relevant to
the pandemic.

I normally go to all the hockey video games, since I like Blizzard, but I can not go this
year, so Mama took a image of me to put by my close friends in the chairs at Daddy’s video games,”
Jade stated.
My daddy is a coach. He is on the bench with the hockey boys. He teaches them how to
skate. And I like Blizzard, him’s my buddy.” 

A little girl in pigtails smiles next to the Michigan Tech hockey bench with players on it with other players on the ice in the background
Jade’s been retaining an eye on the bench because 2017.

“We were not ready to see the cutout 1st, but the url gave us some great information
and directions on how to pose and acquire the very best image for the format,” stated Janet.
“It was very straightforward and easy.” 

The Stewards, who fulfilled in 2012 in Janet’s hometown, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, moved
here in 2017 from Chicago, exactly where
 Dallas was an associate head coach for the U.S. Hockey League’s Chicago Metal. Jade’s honorary mascot position arrived by natural means. “After we attended our 1st home game
and saw the pep band all dressed up in their band stripes I knew I experienced to get a pair for Jade to use
to the video games,” Janet stated. “The band lovingly calls her ‘Baby Stripes.’ She waits
just after the video games in the hallway to give them significant-fives as they go away the stands.”
 

The Steward household is loving life in the Keweenaw. “People are so helpful up here
and there are so quite a few amazing, distinctive, outdoorsy matters to do. I truly feel like we have been
officially adopted as aspect of the MTU household,” Janet stated.

A giant Husky in a Michigan Tech jersey holds a tiny baby in striped overalls while a little gear also in striped overalls stands nearby at a Michigan Tech Hockey game in an ice arena
There’s an additional Newborn Stripes at the Johnny Mac: Jade’s sister Blake, who turned one
year outdated December 16, will be part of the Huskies
 cheering section when supporters are at the time once again welcome to fill the arena.

Jade’s favorite sections of the game are cheering with the Misfits, functioning all-around the
rink and monitoring down Blizzard for a lot more hugs. Janet has favorite times, way too. “When
they engage in the Lion King soundtrack and keep the kids up like newborn Simba, it really is so amazing
to see all the excited kids on the massive monitor! My personalized favorite is the chant just after
we score a aim. But Jade loves and is aware of them all,” Janet stated. “One evening just after
a hockey game — Jade was all-around 2 years outdated — I experienced to run into the grocery store
and grab a handful of matters and she was singing IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER, NO BEER! at the leading of her lungs. It manufactured a bunch of individuals snicker, and I experienced to make clear to
them that it was a chant they do at the hockey video games.” 

A group of students in Michigan Tech Huskies gear and a little girl also in her gear sit in a hockey arena below a Michigan Tech Believe sign.
Jade feels ideal at home with Michigan Tech’s biggest pupil group, Mitch’s Misfits. The group has been cheering on the Huskies because 2004. 

Jade is also partial to the giant Michigan Tech flags the Misfits wave, hitting the
cowbell and obtaining her facial area painted “like Blizzard’s whiskers.” “I sit with Haley,
Lexi, Jenny and Michael at the video games, Jade stated. My buddy Matt made use of to be there, but hims again home since he got a task. (Jade’s chatting about former Misfits president and permanently Husky Hockey enthusiast Matt
Cavender ’18). Sometimes I get to go with Manda and Karissa and wave at Daddy on the bench,” she continued, naming two Misfits who sit behind the group. And I like Blizzard so a lot!” 

Janet appreciates the sense of local community that prevails at the video games. “The college students
are so particular here. They go out of their way to acquire treatment of Jade and are normally
keen to enjoy her or hold out with her for a whilst so I can rest from chasing her
all-around the rink,” she stated. “I truly feel like hockey, in particular here at Tech, is just one massive
giant household. We like it here, and like being ready to make these particular reminiscences.” 

Jade’s Professional Ideas for Your Initially MTU Hockey Game

When Huskies can obtain with each other once again, Jade’s game-working day guidelines will definitely occur in helpful:  

  • Get to the game early. “Sometimes we are late and have to walk a extended way in the snow,
    and that is chilly.” 
  • “Find Blizzard and acquire your image with hims. Hims is pleasant, and is a buddy for
    all people. He is not scary.”
  • “Bring your bell (cowbell) to ring and your shakers. (Jade prefers the black and gold pompoms from College Photos.)
  • “Yell loud so the boys (hockey gamers) can listen to you. Clap when they score a aim
    and explain to the men ‘good task!’
  • “Find Haley (Michigan Tech Public Safety law enforcement Sergeant Haley Bianucci). She offers you stickers.”
A little girl holds the handcuffs of a kneeling police officer with a giant Husky mascot looking on in an ice rink at a hockey gsme in the stands.
Jade has tons of close friends at the rink — from college students to Michigan Tech Public Safety
officers and of class, Blizzard T. Husky. (Michigan Tech Athletics/Travis Pierce
image)

The skate-with-the-Huskies made available for kids just after some of the home video games are normally
a spotlight. Jade likes skating, time period. “I’m more quickly than you, Mom,” she stated (Janet
agrees). Aside from hockey, Jade’s favorite matters include things like gymnastics, dancing, sledding,
the Frozen videos and her Barbies. “I like to journey my scooter, way too,” she additional.

“I want to be a hockey participant, a doctor and a dancer when I improve up. I’m only a minimal
massive now, but sometime I am going to be massive.”Jade Steward

 

 

“We have been observing the video games on the internet at home, and it will be exciting to see if Jade can see herself in the stands,” stated Janet.
“I also believe it is a amazing factor for my spouse, the coaching personnel and the gamers
to see — that even even though we can not be there in particular person, we are cheering the group on
in spirit. 2020 was such a tricky year. This is a super exciting memory that we can hold
permanently. I’m preparing on hanging it in her area just after the season is about.” 

Maintain up with the Hockey Huskies game schedule and other information on the Michigan Tech Athletics site.

A little girl in a tutu holds the hands of two hockey players in the hall with their backs to us in Michigan Tech's John MacInnes student ice arena.
Michigan Tech hockey video games are household occasions. Like quite a few youthful supporters, Jade appears to be like forward
to skating with the Huskies once again quickly.

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7,000 college students from 54 countries. Established in 1885, the College offers a lot more than
a hundred and twenty undergraduate and graduate diploma packages in science and technological know-how, engineering,
forestry, business enterprise and economics, wellness professions, humanities, mathematics, and
social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Higher Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway
and is just a handful of miles from Lake Top-quality.

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