Is Hockey Underrated?

Hockey season is typically overshadowed by NFL playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the NCAA men’s basketball tourney. Most folks don’t know how thrilling the sport of hockey is, so if you don’t already follow it, here are a few reasons why you ought to be.

Players are fantastic athletes

Hockey players have the speed and strength of other pro athletes, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it all happens on a half inch metal blade of their skate. And if you ice skate, you know how hard it is.

Their individuality

Hockey players are similar to fingerprints. No two are the same. If you’ve been a hockey fan for a long time, you don’t need your glasses to tell which player is which. Every player shoots, skates, and celebrates a goal in his own way.

They’re tough

Hockey players are famous for having some real gnarly teeth. Regardless of how hard he is slashed, bruised, or hit, he is always back out on the ice in position.

The rivalries

Now you may back one team over another. Like football, baseball, and basketball, hockey rivalries aren’t any different. Well-known ones are the Canadiens vs. Bruins, Red Wings vs. Blackhawks, and the Penguins vs. Flyers. And let’s not get started with the two team out of New York. When the Rangers and the Islanders come together, there’s always some incredible goals, hard hitting, and plenty of trash talking.

The fights

You may see some pushing and shoving in other sports, but none of it amounts to the hockey fights. It’s a fast-paced sport, so it’s no surprise that the players can be a little aggressive on the ice when they don’t agree on a call. It’s an all-out fight and will always bring a little bit of flavor to the game.

To Every Annoying Hockey Player Parent

You know who you are. You’re the one who knows everything, yet adds nothing.  You are the one who finds something wrong with everything, the coach, the players, the team as a whole. I am embarrassed that you wear the same logo as my son because your actions aren’t what I want being part of a sports team to teach him.

You probably don’t know this, but I stand off to the side for a reason. When the season is in full swing, the coach, who happens to be my husband, has to make decisions to give the team an advantage. It makes you mad when your son isn’t the center of attention. You need to ask yourself: are you here so your son can be a team member or you want personal glory?

I just want to know because we (parents and players) are here to play on a sports team. If personal glory is your goal, you might want to play tennis or golf?

The coach is the individual who makes decisions about this group, creating the best combinations of players. He isn’t here to put you and your son on display. Yes, your son is talented, but so is ever other child on the team, in one way or another.

My husband, the coach, spends his night coming up with exercises to help the weakest link on the team build up the self-confidence needed to contribute to the team. If I were a guessing woman, I would say that it’s the same child you bad mouth on your way home in your car.

And oh by the way, that child can hear what you are yelling out about him from the stands. With every negative, condescending thing you say, the coach (my husband) has to work a little harder to build back up the child’s confidence so he can play the game.

It’s sad that I need to remind you that these are children we are talking about.