Larocque-Wolfe Pursues Degree While Supporting His Home Maskwacis Reserve and Adopted IE Communities

by Sebastian Abdon Ibarra

Hockey, Education, Life Skills.  This is the core philosophy of the Ontario Jr. Reign organization and Reign forward, Kaedin Larocque-Wolfe is the perfect example of the kind of player and person that represents the team. 

When Larocque-Wolfe isn’t busy as the leading goal scorer and points producer for the Jr. Reign, he is working on completing his social work degree through Maskwacis Cultural College. As part of completing his degree, he is leading a hygiene pack project for those in San Bernardino who will need help in the upcoming winter season. 

Larocque-Wolfe, the son of parents who are both social workers,  has always believed that helping others is his calling. 

“I am from Maskwacis Reserve back home in Alberta, it has always been my goal to help on and off the ice. My parents are both social workers so I have come from a social work background and it has helped me gain an understanding of how they help our community and people,” Larocque-Wolfe said. “I see how my parents help the youth and people they serve which makes me want to do the same.”

In an incredible twist of fate, this Canadian-born son of social workers traveled over 2,000 miles to play hockey in Ontario, California, and was matched with local Billet Mom,  Zazette Scott. Scott, herself, is a social worker who has dedicated her professional life to helping others in the Inland Empire area. It is a perfect pairing, as Scott is helping Larouque-Wolfe by serving as his field monitor in charge of guiding and monitoring his progress. 

Larocque-Wolfe said that his favorite part of his work in the inland empire thus far was the visit he took with Scott to San Bernardino and having the opportunity to interact with all of the people from all walks of life that he encountered.  

It was on that trip to San Bernardino that Larocque-Wolfe really impressed Scott. “I watched him and saw that he was not afraid and there was no judgment, he wanted to help and I really appreciate that,” Scott said. “He is so easy to talk to, to get to know and he is not afraid of anything.” 

Scott said that he interacted easily with the kids and clients. She said that the boys especially wanted him to visit again and asked when Larocque-Wolfe would be back. “They were all tickled by his accent and that he was a hockey player,” Scott joked. 

Larocque-Wolfe expressed that he is having a very positive experience as a member of the Jr. Reign.  “Being a part of the Jr Reign organization, it is a really great thing they have created here, I’ve grown closer to these guys than any other team I’ve been a part of.” Larocque-Wolfe said. “It’s a positive place to be on and off the ice.”

Larocque-Wolfe explained that his opportunity to be a role model for his community is the crossover he sees between hockey and his social work. 

Larocque-Wolfe is from the Ermineskin Cree Nation which is one of the four bands in Maskwacis. He said it’s great that people back home can see that he is not only playing junior hockey, but also pursuing his education. 

“I just want to help where I can, do what I can. For me, that is on the ice and getting my education,” Larocque-Wolfe said. “A lot of people view me as a hockey player, but only a certain amount of people know that I am going for my social work diploma as well.” 

“It does not really matter what education you get, as long as you are doing something, that is a big step for our community,” Larocque-Wolfe said. “In the community back home it is so huge.”

The Ontario Jr. Reign will be collecting hygiene pack supplies for Kaedin’s project for those in need at our home games until the winter break. See the attached flyer for additional information. 

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