Ice Hockey coach is a National Autistic Society ‘Happiness hero’



Harry at the Kingston-Upon-Hull Ice Hockey School


Peter ‘Jonker’ Johnson who is a coach of the Kingston-upon-Hull River Rats U10 Ice Hockey Team has been nominated a National Autistic Society ‘Happiness Hero’ for his and his teams great work in helping changing the life of an autistic boy and his parents.

Harry was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5. Now 8 and after training with the Under 10 Kingston River Rats for a year, his parents are seeing a positive effect from the sport.

Harry became passionate about hockey through the NHL on TV and when his parents visited their nearest Elite League Ice Hockey Team (Hull Stingrays) his passion became stronger.

His Mum takes up the story;

“Eventually we gave in to his persistent pressure and got him a pair of skates.  Having never been on the ice before we were a little concerned when he said he wanted to join the local junior ice hockey club (Kingston Junior Ice Hockey Club – KJIHC).  However, after seeing him skate the head coach invited him to train with the U10s.  We have never looked back!!  The difference hockey has made to his, and our, lives has been unbelievable.”

His Dad Don comments in the article, “This has made him confident within himself and the transformation has been amazing, he is a totally different little boy and as soon as he steps onto the ice you can physically see him rise in stature.”

Read the whole article on the National Autistic Society website here;

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