The Sports Rabbi got to see Canada defeat the United Stares in their opening round hockey game at the Jerusalem Arena this past week and one of the players that stood out was Corey Kalk. Born in Thornhill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the 2-year old is entering his senior year at Dartmouth College.
The center weighs in at 181lbs and stands 5’11” scored Canada’s opening goal and also took part in the game winner in overtime to beat the Americans. Let’s find out a little bit about this dynamic youngster who is playing in his first Maccabiah Games:
How does it feel to be representing Canada here in Israel at the Maccabiah Games?
“It is a true honour to be able to represent your country in any national tournament, however representing Canada at the Maccabiah games is something that has always been a dream of mine growing up as a Jewish boy. Walking out during the open ceremonies in Jerusalem to a sold out stadium representing Canada and being amongst Jewish athletes from all over the world is something I will never forget. The feelings that go through your body during that walk with 500 other Canadian athletes was an indescribable. Especially being able to walk along side my brother, my father and 3 first cousins by my side was an experience that will last a lifetime and I will hold close to my heart.”
How excited were you to score?
“Anytime you lace up your skates dawning the red and white maple leaf is special and add that to opening up the tournament against our neighbours to the south was a great opportunity to set the tone for the tournament. Scoring a goal for your country is always something you dream of but it’s the guys around you and the camaraderie on and off the ice is what you remember for the rest of your life.”
“Looking forward to seeing everyone at the rink!”