10 p.m., Dec. 16)
hockey mom on top of the world after son makes NHL debut
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans own Cody Ceci has successfully
made the climb from Cumberland minor hockey
product to NHL defenceman after being called
up by the Ottawa Senators from Binghamton
last Thursday. File photo
Sylvester-Ceci is living every hockey mom's dream. Not
only has her son Cody been called up to play for the Ottawa
Senators, his first three games have all been at home
which means she and the rest of the Ceci clan have had
front row seats to see him realize his NHL dream.
been crazy. Especially the first game against Buffalo.
I had to go straight from work to the Canadian Tire Centre,"
said Karen, who found out that her 19-year-old son would
be making his NHL debut last Thursday when he called her
during the drive up from Binghamton.
was so nervous and excited for him. I couldn't concentrate
at work and I was trying to finish a project for a deadline."
had plenty of supporters at the game. His sister was given
a pair of tickets for her and her boyfriend by one of
the dentists where she works. Karen and Cody's father
Peri used the pair of tickets every player gets for a
home game, and Cody bought three extra tickets for his
younger brother and both of his grandmothers. His girlfriend
and his girlfriend's mother were also at the game.
and the rest of Cody's extended family went to the game
expecting see him to play maybe three or four minutes.
Imagine their excitement when he came out to play with
Sens' veteran Chris Phillips on the second shift of the
game. He would end up playing over 20 minutes while seeing
time on both the power play and the penalty kill. He got
one shot on net and ended up with a +2.
was only expecting him to play a couple of shifts, but
it was non-stop. I was so nervous I thought I was going
to pass out," says Karen.
entire gang went out for dinner after the game and Cody
told them little snippets about the experience.
said that at one point he was skating behind (Bobby) Ryan
and he was trying to remember what Ryan's nickname was
and he couldn't remember so he just kept repeating his
first name, 'Hey, Bobby. Hey, Bobby.'," said Karen.
has remained up with the Senators for their game against
the Kings on Saturday, which they lost, and tonight's
game against the St. Louis Blues. He's received high praise
for his play from both Sens' head coach Paul MacLean and
GM Bryan Murray.
he's up with the club he's been staying at a hotel near
the CTC, but he spent Sunday afternoon with his family
at their Orléans home and enjoyed a home-cooked
meal before watching the finale of Survivor with his siblings.
to getting called up, Cody was the B-Sens leading defenceman
and was third on the team in scoring.
one knows for sure how long Cody will stay up with the
Sens. What is certain, however, is that the Cecis are
enjoying every second he's with the club. And when the
time comes for him to be sent back down to Binghamton,
the rest of the Cecis will go back to making the four
hour drive to watch him play every weekend and patiently
wait for the day when he is called up for good.
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