Meet MTU’s Biggest Little Hockey Fan

In her have words and phrases (with aid from Mom), Husky Hockey tremendous fan Jade shares the scoop
on her rink routines, amazing fan cutout and bestie Blizzard.

“Blizzard life at the hockey rink at Daddy’s get the job done. Hims sleeps there,” claimed Jade, whose father Dallas Steward is an assistant coach for the Michigan Technological University Huskies hockey staff.
Because 2017, at the ripe previous age of eighteen months, Jade has donned MTU’s signature black-and-gold
“over-hauls” to cheer on the
staff and commit top quality time with her buddies, like mascot Blizzard T. Husky,
the Huskies Pep Band and
Mitch’s Misfits

Photo Your Husky Spirit

Digital followers can area a cutout in the stands for volleyball and basketball as effectively
as hockey. Price tag is $45 and you get to acquire property a amazing memento when the season is
done (choose up or pay out a shipping and delivery charge to have it despatched to you). 

Look at out MTU sports activities fan cutout guidelines and rules and get by Jan. 29.

This season, which would have been the youngster’s fourth cadging popcorn and sweet
(no a person can say no to her, states mother Janet Steward) and socializing with her extensive circle
of arena pals is considerably from typical due to the fact of overall health and basic safety protocols associated to
the pandemic.

I often go to all the hockey video games, due to the fact I really like Blizzard, but I can not go this
yr, so Mama took a photo of me to place by my friends in the chairs at Daddy’s video games,”
Jade claimed.
My daddy is a coach. He’s on the bench with the hockey boys. He teaches them how to
skate. And I really like Blizzard, him’s my close friend.” 

Jade’s been trying to keep an eye on the bench considering that 2017.

“We had been not in a position to see the cutout initial, but the url gave us some great guidance
and directions on how to pose and acquire the ideal photo for the structure,” claimed Janet.
“It was extremely straightforward and straightforward.” 

The Stewards, who fulfilled in 2012 in Janet’s hometown, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, moved
right here in 2017 from Chicago, where
 Dallas was an affiliate head coach for the U.S. Hockey League’s Chicago Steel. Jade’s honorary mascot part came by natural means. “After we attended our initial property recreation
and noticed the pep band all dressed up in their band stripes I knew I had to get a pair for Jade to wear
to the video games,” Janet claimed. “The band lovingly phone calls her ‘Baby Stripes.’ She waits
right after the video games in the hallway to give them significant-fives as they leave the stands.”

The Steward relatives is loving existence in the Keweenaw. “People are so friendly up right here
and there are so a lot of amazing, special, outdoorsy items to do. I sense like we have been
officially adopted as section of the MTU relatives,” Janet claimed.

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 a further Infant Stripes at the Johnny Mac: Jade’s sister Blake, who turned one
yr previous December sixteen, will be part of the Huskies
 cheering part when followers are after all over again welcome to fill the arena.

Jade’s preferred elements of the recreation are cheering with the Misfits, functioning around the
rink and monitoring down Blizzard for a lot more hugs. Janet has preferred moments, also. “When
they enjoy the Lion King soundtrack and hold the little ones up like little one Simba, it’s so amazing
to see all the enthusiastic little ones on the massive display screen! My personal preferred is the chant right after
we rating a intention. But Jade enjoys and appreciates them all,” Janet claimed. “One night right after
a hockey recreation — Jade was around 2 years previous — I had to run into the grocery retail store
and grab a number of items and she was singing IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER, NO BEER! at the major of her lungs. It produced a bunch of people today chuckle, and I had 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 proper at property with Michigan Tech’s premier scholar business, Mitch’s Misfits. The group has been cheering on the Huskies considering that 2004. 

Jade is also partial to the large Michigan Tech flags the Misfits wave, hitting the
cowbell and getting her facial area painted “like Blizzard’s whiskers.” “I sit with Haley,
Lexi and Michael at the video games, Jade claimed. My close friend Matt utilised to be there, but hims back property due to the fact he acquired a occupation. (Jade’s speaking about former Misfits president and eternally Husky Hockey fan Matt
Cavender ’18). In some cases I get to go with Manda and Karissa and wave at Daddy on the bench,” she ongoing, naming two Misfits who sit driving the staff. And I really like Blizzard so a great deal!” 

Janet appreciates the feeling of local community that prevails at the video games. “The learners
are so specific right here. They go out of their way to acquire care of Jade and are often
ready to observe her or hold out with her for a when so I can relaxation from chasing her
around the rink,” she claimed. “I sense like hockey, primarily right here at Tech, is a person massive
large relatives. We really like it right here, and really like getting in a position to make these specific reminiscences.” 

Jade’s Professional Ideas for Your Very first MTU Hockey Game

When Huskies can collect alongside one another all over again, Jade’s recreation-working day guidelines will surely occur in useful:  

  • Get to the recreation early. “Sometimes we are late and have to walk a extensive way in the snow,
    and that is chilly.” 
  • “Find Blizzard and acquire your photo with hims. Hims is good, and is a close friend for
    anyone. He’s not frightening.”
  • “Bring your bell (cowbell) to ring and your shakers. (Jade prefers the black and gold pompoms from University Photographs.)
  • “Yell loud so the boys (hockey players) can listen to you. Clap when they rating a intention
    and notify the men ‘good occupation!’
  • “Find Haley (Michigan Tech General public Safety police 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 friends at the rink — from learners to Michigan Tech General public Safety
officers and of program, Blizzard T. Husky. (Michigan Tech Athletics/Travis Pierce

The skate-with-the-Huskies supplied for little ones right after some of the property video games are often
a highlight. Jade likes skating, period of time. “I’m speedier than you, Mom,” she claimed (Janet
agrees). Aside from hockey, Jade’s preferred items involve gymnastics, dancing, sledding,
the Frozen films and her Barbies. “I like to trip my scooter, also,” she additional.

“I want to be a hockey player, a medical professional and a dancer when I develop up. I’m only a minimal
massive now, but sometime I’ll be massive.”Jade Steward



“We have been looking at the video games on line at property, and it will be fun to see if Jade can see herself in the stands,” claimed Janet.
“I also imagine it’s a amazing factor for my spouse, the coaching staff and the players
to see — that even nevertheless we can not be there in man or woman, we are cheering the staff on
in spirit. 2020 was such a challenging yr. This is a tremendous fun memory that we can maintain
eternally. I’m scheduling on hanging it in her room right after the season is more than.” 

Maintain up with the Hockey Huskies recreation routine and other news on the Michigan Tech Athletics internet 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 relatives gatherings. Like a lot of youthful followers, Jade appears forward
to skating with the Huskies all over again before long.

Michigan Technological University is a community analysis university, property to a lot more than
seven,000 learners from fifty four countries. Founded in 1885, the University gives a lot more than
one hundred twenty undergraduate and graduate diploma programs in science and technological innovation, engineering,
forestry, business enterprise and economics, overall health professions, humanities, arithmetic, and
social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Higher Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway
and is just a number of miles from Lake Excellent.