The Inspiring Journeys of Faustin Ushindi and Ree Reh

The Inspiring Journeys of Faustin Ushindi and Ree Reh

Faustin Ushindi: 

Faustin Ushindi was just eight years old when he and his family immigrated to Buffalo from Uganda in 2014. Adjusting to their new life was challenging, and his mother, Gorettie Mukagasane, decided to enroll him in Hasek’s Heroes.

Despite a rocky start—arriving late to camp and spraining his ankle—Ushindi quickly fell in love with hockey. Less than a year after learning to play, he made the Wheatfield Blades PeeWee Major AA travel team. Now a high school senior, Ushindi plays varsity hockey for St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and minor hockey for the Buffalo Regals 18U AAA team.

Faustin credits Hasek’s Heroes for transforming his life, providing opportunities he never imagined. This fall, he will be continuing his hockey journey at John Carroll University, where he has committed to playing college hockey.

Ree Reh: 

Ree Reh's story is equally inspiring. As a participant in Hasek’s Heroes, Reh developed a deep passion for hockey, which opened doors to new opportunities. This summer, Reh will be traveling to Thailand to play hockey while continuing his education online at Erie Community College.

Both Faustin and Ree are now giving back to the program that gave them so much. They volunteer as coaches, sharing their experiences and mentoring the next generation of Hasek’s Heroes. Their stories exemplify the transformative power of hockey and the impact of Hasek’s Heroes on the lives of young athletes.

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