Hockey moms proud of boys

NADIA MOHARIB -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

 They did their time to help their sons hone their hockey skills and now several mothers of Flames players say there is no better way to spend Mother's Day than reaping the rewards.

 "It's wonderful," Eleanore Commodore said of the prospect of watching her son Mike and fellow-Flames take on the San Jose Sharks in a playoff push for the Stanley Cup.

  "It's just fine with me he has to play. In our family (official holidays) are not so important, it is how we treat each other throughout the year."

 Steve Montador's mom, Donna, feels the same way.

 "All through growing up there were hockey try-outs on Mother's Day," she said from Toronto yesterday.

 "But for years, Steve and his brother, Chris, would come home with wilted, red roses given to them by the coaches, ones which had been in the arena too long.

 "It was sweet, anyway."

 Edith Regehr, meanwhile, is bound to be a bit tired today -- after working an overnight nursing shift -- but she, too, will be in front of the TV when the puck drops to keep score on the Flames and tabs on her son, defenceman Robyn.

 "It's quite an honour to watch him, with all the sacrifices he's made all his life, missing out on family events (including Mother's Day) to strive for his goals," she said.

 And while hockey players are heroes to many fans, Edith says her son has long been an inspiration in her life, too.

 "I think he's an encouragement. He has played with a lot of aches and pains and he doesn't give up," the beaming mother of four said from her home in Rosthern, Sask.

 Mike Commodore's dad, Wayne -- speaking in favour of hockey mothers everywhere who have driven from rink to rink, done loads of laundry and worked schedules around their sons -- said today's Mother's Day honour is one they've earned.

 "She has put in her time," he said detailing sacrifices his wife Eleanore, a high school principal, made for her son to pursue his dream.

 Ma Commodore, an admitted nail-biter during Flames games, will always be her son's biggest fan.

 "I have always been proud of what he does on the ice but more proud of who he is off-ice," she said.

 "A happy, productive, good person."


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