They come to games wearing their brother’s pants, husband’s helmet or son’s gloves. They’ve only won one game this season. And they couldn’t be happier just to play the game. Neither could I.
After playing women’s hockey at my competitive level for twenty years, I decided to put together a team for beginners. I would take on more of a mentoring role to help them learn the game and develop their skills. I guess it was a way to give back to the game that had created so many good friendships and memories for me over the years.
So what made this group of ladies, some in their forties and fifties decide to lace ’em up for the first time? I was curious too, so I asked. Some said they wanted to part of a group and the team would give them that. A few had kids who played and they wanted to get a better appreciation for the game. Another had recently been divorced and hockey was part of a new life (she looked forward to having her maiden name on her jersey too).
As for me, my TV only had three channels. And one of them had Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday. I got hooked. I went out and found a team and twenty years later, I’m still having fun. I just write more hockey blogs now.
What’s your reason?