Thinking of hockey – then and now
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.