Ice Hockey (Dictionary.com Definition): [noun] A game played on ice between two teams of six skaters each, the object being to score goals by shooting a puck into the opponents’ cage using a stick with a wooden blade set at an obtuse angle to the shaft. Origin: 1880-85
Ice Hockey (Winter Adams Definition): [noun] A game played on ice year round, where once you’re a fan…you’re always a fan. The object being to take numbers, light the lamp and show no mercy. The greatest game on Earth. Origin: 2010
A few things that you should know about me as I start this article; I live for the first snowflake to fall, the ice to freeze and the perfect sound of a skate gliding back and forth over a fresh sheet of ice.
I’m a New Englander through and through. As is a requirement of living in the region, you love your sports teams. I’ll take a trip to Fenway to root for the Sox or throw on a Pats jersey and tailgate at Gillette. I’ll support the Celts at The Garden but spend the entire game dreaming of tearing up the parquet, switching sneakers for skates and watching my favorite team dominate the ice. I’m a Bruins fan, I bleed black and gold.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of bleeding, but I have faith in a turn around in our quest for the cup. Every year I say “It’s our year”, I’ve had disappointment after disappointment but my faith never waivers in the home team. After all: That’s the true definition of a fan right?
It’s my love for the Bruins that has brought me to where I am today and the goals I’ve set forth for myself. This past fall I decided to stop only watching and start playing. I joined the ranks of a minority in a male dominated sport. Yes, that’s right. I’m a female hockey player. I’m learning. Each time I step out on the ice, it’s a work in progress.
I’ve begun the task of becoming as knowledgeable as possible. Taking tips from on and off the ice and executing them to the best of my ability. I recently attended a Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass. to see how the pros differ from the pros at heart. I found that I skate just as hard and it really is all about the passion of the sport. One day maybe you’ll see me in the NHL also.
I wanted to begin writing for Inside Hockey to add a voice of someone who’s learning everyday just like many of the readers are. Some of you might be putting skates on for the first time. Some of you may skate so often that you forget what a pair of sneakers feels like. It doesn’t matter what you are, I’m sure we all share the same love for hockey.
I’d like you to think of me as a friend, a confidant, someone you can relate too. While I’m learning more about the Bruins, the sport and what it means to be a hockey player. I’d like you to be learning with me too.