I’m new to the concept of being a “hockey parent”.
A year ago my son could not even skate, and today he’s in a Learn To Play hockey league and he’s doing just fine, thank you very much. For a child who doesn’t like to watch hockey, or know much about the sport, he has become the complete opposite of me, who was a diehard hockey fan, but never played the sport.
Growing up in the Great White North, I never really learned to skate and I never played ice hockey as one would expect every Canadian man, woman and child would have. At all. No organized hockey, no shiny, I’m not sure if I was even on ice with a stick and puck more than once or twice in my entire life until I turned 20 and decided to help coach a kids ice hockey team (at 5am and 6am on Sunday mornings).
I helped teach the kids to be better hockey players – skill-wise, understanding the game and reminding them to be nice on the ice and not to play dirty or take short-cuts, and they taught me to skate. I had taken and completed my level-one Coaching Theory Certification for a Canadian Coaching Certification, and I liked the coaching which I did for 6 years until other things came along.
Fast forward to the children, and to my chagrin, my kids never took an interest in the sport so I was off the hook… Until last year.
Now, we happily take him to his practice / game and he loves it. (Although I still can’t get him to watch hockey on TV, or to call he puck a puck and not a ball).
But over the last couple of weeks he’s forgotten things in his hockey bag – neck guard one week, then his hockey pants the following week – so I made him write down the contents of his bag so he won’t forget anything from now on, and this is what I got:
Top of the page “Hockey”
Underneath the title started the list;
“Neck g” (guard?!?)
“Chest pad” (Looks like it was a chess pad first)
“Jok” (giggle – Jock)
“leg Protect” (or shin pads)
I added the water bottle, towel, skate towel, and pj’s to wear underneath). I also told him for the umpteenth time that in Grade 3 we had to pick French names for French class, and since my name, Warren, doesn’t really have a cool French name, I wanted “Guy” for Guy Lafleur, but my best friend – a HUGE Canadiens fan – chose Guy so I got Jacques. Jacques Strappe was name French name for the next 2 years… UGH.
Oh, and he scored last game. Could not have been more proud! Of him and for him.