Think­ing of hockey – then and now

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS -

ana­di­ans and hockey are twined for cer­tain. This goes back to the ra­dio days on a Satur­day evening when neigh­bours would gather at a home that had a ra­dio to lis­ten to prob­a­bly Foster He­witt broad­cast­ing the game.

Then came black and white tele­vi­sion to watch Hockey Night in Canada on Satur­day evening as well and af­ter the hockey game was over the mu­sic pro­gram of “Juli­ette” – the blond­haired singer – came on.

The num­ber of en­tries in the Echo hockey pool is amaz­ing in how it fills the last page of the Echo with the scores only frac­tions or whole num­bers apart. The game Jan. 5 had every­one sit­ting on edge in their cosy chairs watch­ing Canada take on the States. Th­ese young play­ers play ex­cel­lent hockey and it would be a bonus to have the pros take on some of their game man­ners.

Let us hope that Team Canada came out with the gold medal and we lis­tened to the ‘Oh Canada’ an­them played, with the flag raised to the rafters. It is al­ways un­for­tu­nate that one team has to win and one has to lose though. There are par­ents, brothers and sis­ters sit­ting on the side­lines hold­ing their breath if their son is the goalie when the op­pos­ing team is clos­ing in on the net. Where in heaven’s name are his other five play­ers to take that re­bound away – are they cherry pick­ing or are they play­ing as a team?

Then there are the fam­ily just say­ing silent wishes to have their son put the goal into the net if he is on the op­pos­ing team.

To get to this place in hockey there was many a thing in­volved get­ting to the rinks for prac­tices, ty­ing skate laces for many a player when that par­ent didn’t bother to come to the arena and pat­ting them for en­cour­age­ment. It does take a whole fam­ily of love for every as­pect of life ei­ther in sports or school­ing.

One does won­der if th­ese CEO’s who have al­ready made the year’s salary of­fer sup­port to all th­ese as­pects as be­ing silent givers – the ads be­ing done for the games are won­der­ful and how the play­ers have used their $150 and seems like it has been done for all small chil­dren. The boys have big hearts and love for many as­pects of life. Ku­dos to them.

A ques­tion that has sur­faced in my mind over the hol­i­days is what will be the out­come of th­ese driver­less ve­hi­cles for tex­ting while be­hind the wheel of the ve­hi­cle?

Does this maybe mean that one can knit and sit in the driver’s seat then as well?

The week has fi­nally given us some win­ter winds. Drive care­fully.

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