My family adores hockey. It’s an obsession that is four generations strong on my father’s side, and encompasses every level of the game, from mini-mites to the Olympic team and everything in between. With the 2012-2013 National Hockey League lockout, however, our hockey consumption has been focused on the minor leagues.
My younger (but very much so larger) brother has been playing in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) for the Texas Brahmas. In my mind, my brother is still the three-year-old teetering around on his first pair of skates, not the hulking mass that can easily toss me over his shoulder, so it makes me a bit giddy that we can stream his games at home! And upholding tradition, one of my younger cousins is playing for the same high school team that my father and his four brothers played for way back when! Strangely enough though, no men’s league for the old folks this year, slackers.
|Drop the Puck? I Think Not.|
That being said, the end of the 2012-2013 NHL lockout is a point of celebration! Out comes the Boston Bruins gear and on go skates and a bit of competition. I am very fortunate to have a gorgeous little pond in our backyard that my father has been diligently working on to freeze into a skate-able hockey rink. So yesterday some of the family came to visit for a bit of a pick up game (yay resolution number four)!
|Tink Crashes the Pick Up Game|
|Kiwi, Our Golden Retriever Plays with Looch|
Everyone enjoyed the ice, including the dogs, especially Tinkerbelle, who is a bit of a puck-hog, and Looch, an adorable little Chocolate Lab puppy named after, you guessed it, Milan Lucic, an incredible player on the Boston Bruins.
|Looch and Her Snow Beard|
I even joined in on the fun, playing a game of defense with Tinkerbelle. I apparently didn’t quite inherit the hockey gene though, I can skate, but you know that you aren’t very good when your dog is a better defenseman than you are. Showoff.
|Tinkerbelle and I, I'm wearing Bauer 300s old, old, old skates I bought in Canada!|
All in all it was a fun day, and I can’t wait for the NHL’s (shortened) season to begin! Who are you most excited to watch? Leave your answers in the comments below!
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