Everybody has a story: Harmony and hockey

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Orem’s Lori Weiss is a hockey-puck wielding grandma. She practices with the Provo Blades hockey team at the Peaks Ice Arena in Provo. “It’s great exercise and fun to be part of a team,” she says.

Orem’s Lori Weiss is a hockey-puck wielding grandma. She practices with the Provo Blades hockey team at the Peaks Ice Arena in Provo. “It’s great exercise and fun to be part of a team,” she says.

With a life story told by high notes and hockey sticks, Lori Weiss is a Logan girl turned Canadian mom and now an Orem grandma.

I grew up in Logan and married my husband, Stan, when we met at Utah State University. I was a piano performance major and his sister was one of my teachers. We hit it off quickly! We were engaged in two months from our first date.

Stan is from Canada and he got a job in Toronto, but I was nervous about moving. I was from a small town and didn’t know if I would like living in a big city. But when we got there, I made good friends and it soon became home.

We went on to have 5 kids — our first was a boy, followed by 4 daughters. Living in Canada, the thing to do was play hockey, and all of our children got into it.

When my husband got a job at Nu Skin, we moved the family back to Utah. It was hard for the kids to leave, and there wasn’t a lot of hockey going on in Utah County at the time. So, my husband bought a junior hockey franchise. He ran that team for several years and our kids participated.

A few years ago, I decided to get off the sidelines and get on the ice. I started practicing with Utah County’s ladies hockey team, the Provo Blades. I don’t like the pressure of playing in a game, so I just stick to the practices, but I have a lot of fun. I had only done a tiny bit of ice skating with my kids beforehand, but I quickly learned it doesn’t hurt when you fall because of all the equipment you are wearing.

While our kids are now grown, we are still on the hockey circuit because my husband coaches the Utah Lady Grizzlies. I love traveling to all the competitions and the social aspect of it.

My passion for music has stayed with me since college. I currently work at UVU as a collaborative artist, which means I play the piano for the school’s vocal department. I also play the piano for the master classes and private lessons.

I teach private piano and organ lessons. I love working with students one-on-one and I have seen firsthand how powerful music is for developing children. They have to exercise their brain and put all the puzzle pieces together. They also say hilarious things, some of which I’m sure their parents don’t want them telling me.

We have four pianos in our house, including a beautiful Steinway grand piano. With multiple pianos, my daughters and I can teach more than one lesson at once. My husband is used to the constant background noise of piano lessons — he is a patient man.

Most of my kids live nearby, which means I get to enjoy my 10 grandchildren on a regular basis. When the house isn’t full of grandchildren, my husband and I ride motorcycles with a group from our LDS ward. We have had some great weeklong trips riding through the Colorado Mountains. But Utah is home.

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Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

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