I know there are a million stories about crazy hockey parents, parents that pushed their kids too hard, or parents that wanted to live vicariously through their kids playing the game. In my home, that just wasn’t case.
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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was August 16, 1977, a perfect day for road hockey with my neighbourhood buds. Back then, every day was a perfect day for road hockey. It was really hot out so we all decided to go in for a water break.
When I was 26 years old, I moved to Japan to teach. While I was living there, in October of 1997, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Hockey Night in Canada. The NHL was coming to Tokyo that November and they were looking for a statistician.
One of us had the brilliant idea to try and get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest road hockey game ever played. When we presented the idea to our parents they all supported us whole heartedly.
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