Ah yes….the cry of salty parents everywhere…”It was a mass email!” as if the opportunity wasn’t real. After every showcase or combine, coaches send out emails inviting players to camp, and after every showcase or combine, parents flood the forums saying the emails are meaningless. I get it. It starts to seem ridiculous when your inbox is flooded with them from all over the country, but let me offer another perspective.
With summer hockey comes road trips. I mean, with things opening up, I hope there’s lots of summer hockey to be had. Anyway, I used to call summer “convenience store food season” because it seemed like we were eating a lot of meals on the road. Many convenience stores have stepped up and have started offering healthier options, but I started getting sick of the same old slimy veggie sticks or flavorless turkey wraps.
While seasons have ended, it’s never too early to begin planning for the next one, especially if you want to give player awards at your end of season banquet. Here is a list of ideas you can use to ensure each player gets an award: Most Valuable Player Most Improved Player Sportsmanship Award Most Goals Playmaker (Most assists) Goon (Most penalty minutes) Fastest Skater Hardest Hitter Got Rocked (the player who got hit the hardest) Best Flow (best hockey hair) or could call this one the Golden Comb Best Helmet Hair Hardest worker, could call this one the Hard Hat...
Travelling for hockey can be interesting. On the surface, you think it will be like any other trip you take. There’s a hotel stay in a different city, but instead of seeing the sights, you’ll be hanging out at the hockey rink, right? You think that means the only difference is the addition of the hockey bags and sticks. Over the years, I have found that isn’t quite the case. Some of these places aren’t necessarily remote, but it isn’t always as easy as you think it might be to grab what you need when you need it, so I have compiled a list of things I make sure to have on hand. It looks rather long at first, but many of these items are small. Sure, you can also do without many of these things, but they sure do make things easier if you have them. There just always seems to be some sort of “adventure” on these hockey weekends.