The Hockey Life

Focusing on the beer leagues, tournaments, and a look at those who put up with hockey players.

ode to the hockey dad

An Ode to the Hockey Dad

Looking back, my life as a hockey dad is one of my fondest memories. Being a hockey parent requires a great deal of sacrifice.
Quick Rec Hockey Drills

7 Quick Rec Hockey Drills

Most recreational hockey players don’t have much time to work on technique. Here are 7 drills.
My First Hockey Stick

My First Hockey Stick

I anxiously awaited the arrival of my first stick. It was a Northlands, midget size. I had to come up with $4; not an easy task back then
Hockey Dream Come True

Hockey Dream Come True

There was this picture of me where it appears as if I am deep in thought. Only one thing came to mind—to be a professional hockey player.
Gameday Butterflies

Game Day Butterflies

It’s been 21 years and I still get those damned butterflies! It usually starts in the morning but as the day progresses the excitement builds.
smelly hockey gear

Oooh, That Smelly Hockey Gear

Why do some hockey players just refuse to empty their bags and wash their uniforms?
jersey number

Your Jersey Number: What Does It Mean?

So what are all those letters and numbers that adorn our jerseys and keep uniform outfitters in business?
dirty laundry

The Trouble With Dirty Hockey Laundry

Guess what's waiting for me in the newly filled laundry basket? Still-damp hockey stuff!
women hockey players

Ladies Night: Women Hockey Players

I found my niche! The only sport where it doesn’t matter that you’re short! And no one’s really sure if you’re
rec hockey refereeing

Rec Hockey Refereeing: The Zen of It

What makes a good referee? It's part instinct, part negotiator, and sometimes, part cop.