Category Archives: ICE HOCKEY

DAVE’S A MESS

There’s a scene in the old hockey movie Slapshot where an opponent talks trash about the Chiefs’ aging player-captain Paul Newman. One of Newman’s teammates, Dave, is outraged. He drops his stick and attacks the opponent. A bloody brawl ensues. … Continue reading

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GODDAMN FIXER

I really don’t have much good to say about Chris Fix. Apart from him cooking meals for my son. And rooting for my son at the ice hockey rink. And letting my son stay at the Fix home in Hermosa … Continue reading

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ON TURNING 50

My 15-year-old son asked this morning whether my young self would have been surprised that today’s world is not more technologically advanced? Still no flying cars, for instance. My young self would have been astounded by iPhones. A device which … Continue reading

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7-STEP GUIDE FOR EXTREME HOCKEY GRIEVING

With only two teams left in the NHL playoffs, a growing number of friends and relatives are dealing with the heartbreak of their favorite teams being eliminated. Myself, I watch from greater emotional distance this year, since my own favorite … Continue reading

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BOLSHY, DOUGHTY SWEDES

The grandparents were in town last weekend. They always inject some unpredictability into proceedings. For instance, I wasn’t prepared for the intensity of my 79-year-old mother’s attention to the NFL Draft Combine. For those unfamiliar with the Combine, it’s a … Continue reading

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LULU’S VEGAS INSTRUCTIONS

Dear Lulu: Whenever Mom worries aloud about the amount of time you and your brother spend playing ice hockey, I always tell her the sport is valuable for more than just exercise.  It teaches discipline, hard work, and getting up off your … Continue reading

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ALEEN MARRIED A FLINCHER, or How I Learned to Break Rocks and Love Kenya

Our family recently returned from southeast Kenya, where we helped work on a new dormitory for a rural, all-girls high school. Because I have no skills in construction, I was worried I would be useless. But our hosts found a job for me — … Continue reading

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VISUALIZING FAILURE

Sometimes I wonder if my kids are aiming high enough. Last week I was helping Jesse tie his skates before an ice hockey game against his sister’s team. I noticed his eyes were closed. “What are you doing?” I asked. … Continue reading

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THIS LYING-AROUND SHIT

What’s the recipe for a good pep talk? To me, it’s Anger plus Encouragement plus a Little Bit of Crazy. A widely acknowledged classic was given by coach Herb Brooks to the US hockey team before their upset victory against the … Continue reading

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THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OF A RELUCTANT HOCKEY MOM

Last month my wife Aleen asked me to join her for an errand on the other side of town. At first I was reluctant. By which I mean, I refused categorically. But then she dug out an old black poker … Continue reading

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