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Minor Hockey: Who’s it for?
This is a fictionalized blending of some of my minor hockey coaching experiences.
I will be posting a few of my thoughts, expressed as stories here on an occasional basis.
They aren’t coming.
That’s what I heard first when we pulled up at the rink.
They aren’t coming. The other team. They cancelled on account of the snow.
Friday. 5pm. Snow. Traffic. It took everyone an HOUR to get here.
And they cancelled and didn’t call?
I looked at the faces. The kids faces hung low. They were at the rink, dressed and ready to go.
Almost - their skates weren’t tied yet - but as the coach, that was my job.
The parents were shrugging restlessly. Some anxious to go eat and put the week to rest. Others, clinging to the hope that there might be a game to watch.
The ice was a clean canvas, freshly flooded.
We had ten skaters and two goalies.
We just didn’t have the other team
Get your skates on boys and girls. We’re going to play.
We sent them out on the ice and told them to pla…
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