During this crazy time, I can’t help but think of all of the young players and their billets. The stresses on a player are different now and they have nothing to do with hockey. They are anxious about being away from home, staying healthy and frustrated because they are dealing with a schedule that is changing daily.
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My son plays hockey because of my influence and love of the sport. He was thrilled to finally get to be part of a team and begin to make the many friendships that are possible in this awesome sport. I started playing because I grew up on a lake in North Jersey and always had a spot shoveled out for shinny!
During this pandemic, when there are so many restrictions on spectators in the rink, I have to wonder if some kids are feeling some relief. The car rides home might now be filled with “Tell me about the game”, rather than “This is what you should have done”.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the anxiety I used to feel about going into a new hockey season. In my book I described it as playing Red Rover but having to wait a long time before someone calls you over. It’s that dreaded feeling of trying to fit in and watching your child trying to fit in to a new team or new season every year.
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