Here I am, on August 30, sitting in a hotel room just outside Chicago for our first tournament of the year. One game in the books and it was a thriller. Another one today and then two more tomorrow. Then off to Canada next weekend, followed up by a trip to Detroit the weekend after that.
Was that just the starters gun I heard? Off and running on another season of hockey. . . . .
And I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
The chill of the rink, the quiet before the teams come on the ice, the nervous anticipation of the first drop of the puck on a new season – wondering what will happen, how will the team play, will it be an up and down game or will it be a “grind it out” type of game? All these things going through your mind and then you realize what must be going through the players’ minds – “let’s get it on”.
It is thrilling to see the anticipation in their eyes, the realization of another season beginning, the coming together of players to form a true “team”. What a great time of year this is.
It may be 85 degrees outside, but inside that rink you’d swear it was 25 degrees with 2 feet of snow on the ground outside – the dead of winter – fully engulfed in the glory of another hockey season.
Enjoy it everyone! Cherish this time – they grow up so fast and before you know it – it is a series of fond memories you’ll look back on and smile.
Let’s play hockey!
See you at the rink.