Here are some things that make me smile and love everything that comes with the game of hockey:
- Backyard hockey and having your own personal piece of ice growing up. Thanks Dad.
- Scoring a goal from just pure reaction. Think of naturally sticking your stick out for a tip and how good that feels to even deflect it on net.
- Making a hockey team after you were cut the year before. Take that coach!
- A clean slate of ice. Being the first one on the for 5 minutes at an early morning practice or alone at midnight after the Zamboni flooded your local rink. It's a powerful feeling.
- When the Zamboni driver doesn't drive drunk and does a perfect job.
- Watching your younger brothers games and realizing they play a lot like you and you might have actually taught them something on the backyard rink.
- A perfect sauce pass. Stick to stick over an opponents stick. They are beaaaautiful.
- When the player on your team who hasn't scored all year finally scores. The bench goes wild and the player's Dad can't stop smiling in the lobby.
- When you think your goalie let in a goal, but they saved it with a desperation move and nobody can believe it. You usually see defenceman or forwards come back to congratulate them or even hug them on those.
- Hockey tournaments. To me, going to Buffalo was one of the best times of my life as a kid even though it did seem like an ugly city even back then. Mini sticks in hallways, going out for every meal, and 3 games a day - those were the days.
- Your Dad buying you a pop after a game. Pop never tasted so good.
- The cute ticket taker at the rink that always smiles at you. Too bad there wasn't Facebook back in the mid-90s.
- Backhand shelf. Such a great feeling having the goalie at your mercy and just roofing it on them.
- Hockey stores. Nothing is better than just walking around a Just Hockey and looking at and trying out all the new best stuff.
- Dressing room talk. Just chatting before and after a game with your team is always great. So many jokes and chirps going around it's hard to keep track of. Even better with a cold beer in hand.
What are some of the awesome things in hockey you love?