Sunday, October 7, 2012

Squirt Season Begins

Big day today! Sean's first regular season game as a Squirt. I think I'm more excited about it than he is. Got my full length down coat, my Uggs and my stat tracker app ready to go!

This season I'm going to focus less on quantity (time on ice) and more on quality (shots, goals, assists). Will I share my findings with the boy? Probably not. Well, maybe when he's 18!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

First Year Squirt

As always the season of limited travel (aka house league) hockey starts with evaluations. As I watched the kids on the ice, I was happy to see most of the kids looked to be close to the same level of skill. There wasn't really one "stand out" player. I like that.

Now into my own evaluation. Of the stands. There were definitely a few parents I'm not sure I would want being on MY team. Come on. We all know them. There's a few dads who think their kid skates "like a young Claude Giroux" or he "could be the next Gretzky". There's the dads who stand at the top of the stands and THINK they're coaching an NHL team in the Stanley Cup Finals shouting unintelligible commands to their son or daughter. There's the very over dressed mom who wants everyone to know that they can afford to be hockey parents. There's the parents who put their kid in the house league so he can "get more ice time" than the rest of his travel team. And then there's people like me. Parents who want their kid to live their sport and enjoy playing it win or lose.

Don't forget that parents are being evaluated too!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Do You Believe in Miracles?"

I sure do.

Words can't even express how I felt watching my boy take the ice on Olympic/USA/hockey hallowed ground. I was proud to be an American and a mother at that moment.

The Parent/Child hockey camp weekend had its ups and downs. We had a five hour drive to our friend's cabin in the Adirondacks. It is a beautiful log home on 27 acres of wild. It was taken over by three rowdy hockey boys, two squealing younger sisters, three grown up hockey boys and their wives not to mention the owners and their mother! Whew! We muddled through and had a wonderful time!

The town of Lake Placid was one of the most adorable small towns I've ever seen. If you ever get the opportunity to visit you'll LOVE it!!!!!

On the way into town the most impressive feature is the ski jump! It's huge! They have bobsledding there too. We were able to locate the Olympic cauldron but it was on private property and not open to the public but we got pictures with the telephoto lens! The Olympic museum was really interesting. It housed artifacts from not only the 1980 Games, but the 1932 Games as well. I get a tear in my eye during the last thirty seconds of that historic hockey matchup!

I teared up watching my boy score a goal during the final skate scrimmage of the hockey camp. It was his "most favorite part" but he explained that his other favorite part was playing European hand ball on the Olympic oval (where Eric Heiden won all his medals for speed skating). (He also liked the rope swing at the lake!!!!)

It really puts things in perspective to see my little son out there on the big ice where legends were made. The wonder in his eyes when he watched that game (yet again) really makes all the time and money worth it.

We're looking at doing it again next year!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Training

Haven't posted here in quite a while. A lot has happened in my hockey world. My little guy finished his last season as a mite. His team win first place in their first REAL tournament. (So exciting!) He started off the spring as a squirt! And yes, he still keeps trying to be a goalie once in a while. Even though he was minding the net only once he had the best GAA of the four kids who played in goal. He also had three assists in his last game. His team won only two games (the first and the last) but he feels good about being on full ice.

This past week he's been "training for Lake Placid". He and a couple of his hockey buddies, and the dads (with varying degrees of hockey playing experience) will be attending a parent-child hockey camp next month. Sean took his most recent public skate outing as an opportunity to train. He did "Herbies" up and down the rink for nearly 30 minutes. He's been doing all manner of calisthenics, pumping iron (my five pound dumbbells) in the living room. He's taking this very seriously.

Other than the camp, he's taking the summer off. He'll go to stick time a few times a month but we're generally going to be hockey-lazy this season!