Day of ice skating in Biloxi attracts aspiring hockey player

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's unusual to see ice skating on the coast, but Sunday afternoon at the Coast Coliseum, adults and children were able to experience the cold, slippery sport.

One particular boy out on the ice says he has been skating and playing hockey since he was 5-years-old, and he doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.

"He's one of our hardest working skaters out there. I didn't know how old he was when I finally got out here. I was like, 'holy cow, he's 9'," said his coach Shannon Jackson.

That's what a lot of people have to say when they see Alex Phillips from Hattiesburg on ice. Alex is quick to admit he hasn't always enjoyed playing around on ice, but over the years he's gotten better.

"At first I wasn't very good at getting up, and it was hard for me to skate. Now, it's backwards that is hard for me," Alex said.

Now that skating is easier for him, he says he enjoys playing hockey even more.

"I like it when I'm the goalie and the player because goalies you really get to get the puck more, and player you usually get to fight for the puck. The best part is when you make goals because then your whole team inspires you then helps you."

Coming from a family of skaters and hockey players, Alex's parents have helped him stay on top of his game.

"They say keep going and going, until you reach your goal," said Alex.

"At first I bribed him, a lot," said his mother, Teresa Phillips.

"Because when you're not good at something, you don't want to go out there and give it your all. Then we had to stop giving him stuff, because he was like, 'mom I need to go to hockey'."

With practice, Alex has big dreams to one day be in the National Hockey League and wear his lucky number, 91.

From the looks of things, little Alex is on the right track.

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