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Hockey from a 6-year-olds perspective ...
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Alberta Mike    Posted 02-27-2001 at 19:03:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've never been on this forum before. Spend lots of time on the tractor stuff and just came across this site almost by accident and I really have enjoyed reading some of the stories and comments. Here's a little story you might enjoy.

My little grandson Ryan (6 years old) just finished his first year of hockey up here in Alberta. He was in what is called the "initiation" program where a group of kids have 2 icetimes per weeks but they don't play actual hockey games. They have a few coaches who take them through basic skills and they play a lot of "fun-type" games on the ice that could be played on a playground or in a gym. All in all it's a fun time for all. At the end of the season, they organize each group into a couple of teams and they play some real games against other teams, three games in all. These games as well are just fun games, no referees (coaches monitor things) and the kids take turns playing goal, no scores kept, etc. Last weekend my grandson's team played their second game and I'm sure they lost by about 25-0 over about 45 minutes. After the game (in the dressing room) I asked him if he had fun. Well, sure enough he said "yup", beaming from ear to ear. I was helping him off with his equipment and asked him, "did your team win the game?". He thought for a minute and answered, "I think so but I'm not sure". Well, I thought some of you might get a kick out of his answers like I did so I thought I'd tell the story here. Guess when you're 6 there's not a lot of things that you take too seriously. I wish I had an outlook like that !!!

Gone are the days..    Posted 02-28-2001 at 05:30:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can remember when there used to be a cabin
and an outdoor ice rink. There would always be an
old timer who's job it was to put a fresh coat
of water on the ice, and keep the coals going in the pot bellied stove. Trouble is, he was always half sloshed, and we can tell he was on a binge
the night before because half the ice was 1/2 in
higher than the other side. He had another job to
do too for the guys. It was his job to hide the
playboy magazines cause the guys were afraid to take em home. We would clean the snow off the ice
for the guy and we expected a beer in return.
The girls would come in and we would try our
darndest to tie our laces close by so we can tie
their's too. The playboy's would disappear fast.

It was a great time for flirting too, we
played hockey when the girls were skating in circles. The guys would send the puck into the
crowds with the ensuing giggles.

We would play in 15 below zero with a wind
chill of minus 25 sometimes, gather the guys together, never the same team twice, then play
til 9PM straight thru. We'd start with our coats and 3 sweaters under and end up with 2 sweaters. By 9PM they'd be soaking thru. Needless
to say it was better to have the upwind net. When
you came around the net to face the wind, wow!.

Some of the guys never had money for equipment, so they would always hunt out the snow
banks on either side of the boards for broken
hockey sticks. We were lucky if we found a puck while at it. We've heard stories of how some kid was discovered by a hockey agent then made it to
the majors. But no one had it over ole' Stevey.
This guy could do slap shots with sticks of the
shortest blades, and can whip that puck around like anyone with a full stick. Forget about Bauer
or Rocket, this guy had it over them.

And now with the budget cuts, and everyone
afraid to get sued, times will never be the same.
Funny, I can't remember anyone getting seriously
hurt in all of this. I remember a girl dressed in
a pink and white outfit getting hit on the ankle
with a stick. She fell and there must have been a
dozen guys helping her out. The pain must have
been amusing, cause she had the widest grin.

Come to think of it, the girls seemed tougher
back then too.

Spencer Greely

Salmoneye    Posted 02-28-2001 at 04:56:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am 38 and attempting to relearn the lesson that your Grandson has shown you.

My 4 year old Daughter is a great teacher too...


F14    Posted 02-28-2001 at 04:31:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya know, if sports were like that all the time, I might actually develop an interest. The sports I see around here, even at the grade school and high school level, are 'Win at all costs' and there are only two results: Winners are heros and can get away with anything, losers are dirt and can't hold their head up. And, of course, only the superstars get to play, the rest of the kids sit on the bench.

Your program sounds like a great idea, and it sounds like it works. My congratulations to the folks who organize and run that program!

Stretch    Posted 02-28-2001 at 04:13:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the perspective we all need. And that's the attitude kids need to learn in sports-and lots of other things. Thanks for sharing that.

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