Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hockeyland

Since moving to North Dakota, I've gotten back into hockey. I used to see a lot of hockey back in NY (RPI and Union were the big locals). My wife likes hockey as well, but probably not as much as me. She went to Colgate U., a small school with a big hockey team, and she saw her fair share, including the 1990 team that lost to Wisconsin for the national championship.

However, the attention hockey gets in NY is nothing compared to here in ND. This is ridiculous! And I mean that in a good way. I can't think of any high schools growing up that had hockey teams. Certainly not the one I attended, and we had fairly large (300ish?) students in each class. Here, it seems like even the elementary schools have teams.

I've seen a bunch of UND games via the telly, and I'll probably watch as many playoff games as they are in, but for me it's been the Minnesota Wild that has drawn my attention. (As I type this, I'm listening to the Wild play the Oilers, and Marian Gaborik just scored!) Nice.

I'm trying to get my seven year old son to watch the Wild games with me, but he doesn't seem to "get" the game when watching on the TV. He's seen some hockey live, however, and he does a decent job watching and trying to follow the game. The other night he expressed interest in playing. I think a used pair of skates might be in order for next winter.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you are a true hockey fan you will love siouxsports.com.

It is a forum for all Sioux sports, but obviously hockey is dominant.

Coffee Guy said...

Thanks. I've been on there, and have noticed some very intelligent fans.

Anonymous said...

What coffee variety do you recommend pairing with televised hockey?

Coffee Guy said...

Iced Aged Sumatra. The cold gives you the feeling of being at the game, and has the body to stand up to the snack foods.

Live, I'd go with a thermos of something hot, and a bit more light bodied and simple, like a nice organic Mexico.

These are just my preferences, however. Your mileage may vary.

MsnDxe said...

I have some skates for you. My son is more into football than hockey.

Coffee Guy said...

What size are they? My son is seven years old, and wears shoes size 1.5, I think.

Of course, he'll be into bigger sizes by the time winter comes back.

I could trade you for some home roasted coffee. :)

wolfgf said...

I bleed hockey too, but this year's Women's BB team is really exciting to watch. They've lost three times, but they're clearly peaking at the right time...solid at every position. Go Sioux!