July 05, 2011
See, this is why we can't trust the tabloids: The Daily Mail (UK) claimed that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, "was a formidable hockey player" while attending school. So we're thinking she's pretty much the most famous puckhead on Earth … save for the fact that she actually played field hockey. Boo. Hiss.
Still, Kate and Prince William gave (real) hockey its due during their trip through Canada. In Yellowknife, she became the first member of the royal family to start a game of street hockey — and nearly compete in one.
Kate, who was a formidable hockey player herself at school, laughingly shrugged off calls from the crowd to take part herself — especially after she was handed a red sports shirt with her name — Cambridge — emblazoned on it.
'I would have taken a shot if I wasn't in heels,' she told Gloria Francis, 16, from Yellowknife as she gestured to her cream £175 LK Bennett stilettoes. But she did throw the bright orange ball onto the floor to start the game.
One day Middleton … one day you'll be running around the roof of the Quick Stop back in Jersey wearing an old red and green Ken Daneyko jersey. New Jersey not, like, your Jersey.
Ah, but the hockey didn't stop there for Wills and Kate. (We love using those nicknames … makes us feel like we're on the "Today" show). While visiting Dalvay Lake in Prince Edward Island on July 4, they took part in a dragon boat race … featuring Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid(notes) on Middleton's boat (via Bruins Blog).
McQuaid was positioned in the middle of the boat so he was not able to witness Kate's admirable paddling effort in the back. However, he was fortunate enough to meet Kate briefly. He found her to be very personable, though quiet and reserved.
He says hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup and paddling with the Duchess of Cambridge all within the past month is hard to wrap his head around. "Even though I lost the race,'' he adds, "some people might argue I won because I got to be in her boat.''
No sir … she won because she got to be in Adam McQuaid's boat.