It has been probably 15 years since I last picked up a hockey stick and played a game of shinny at the Fisher Park outdoor rink near my house. I think in the intervening decade and a half, I have been on skates maybe ten times, each time in an effort to teach my stepson to skate. So, what I’m saying is, I will almost certainly be the weak link on the CHEZ 106 Hosers at this weekend’s Beaver Cup.
I am prepared, though. I sharpened my skates (or, more accurately, I paid someone else to do it for me), and bought a brand new $10 hockey stick when I discovered that my old one was about two feet too short for me now. And I set out my toque and mittens. So, I’m good. Oh, and one of the Hosers has pledged an extra helmet to help me look like I know what I’m doing. Thanks for that!
So I will be joined by Mark, Craig, Mike, John, Mike, and Josh for some good times on the ice, starting tomorrow morning at 8:00. My main function, I feel, will be as a coach, moreso than as a player. A team, you see, is only as good as its weakest link. And a coach’s job is to identify that weak link. And before even getting to the Beaver Cup, I think I have already done that. We’re several steps ahead already!
So, games at 8:00, 1:00 and 3:00, all at different rinks and all “Fueled By The Works” – which means we’re eating delicious burgers between games. At least I KNOW I’m qualified to do that. Go Hosers!