In a year I spend 5 days plus a week at hockey arenas and I hear my fill of banter. As I tell you all the time, I never know what is coming next from parents. I pretty much remain mundane, unless my kids are out on the ice and then I cheer them on, but I refrain from any crazy comments about families and other kids, because I am not here to judge nor do I concern myself with anything but my family. I thought hockey moms had the corner on the market of tough talk, but then I encountered a group of dads gone wild. If you had to lay odds, who do you think is worse at a game of ice hockey a mom or a hockey dad? Who puts out more comments about the other team, criticizes the coaching staff and the kids on the team? Don’t think hockey moms own the comment arena while sitting in the stands and after the game, the dads can truly bring the game to a new level with the talking and commenting that goes on. Remember though, there is a time, place and a way to comment and you should NEVER pick on a child. Lavishly live life out loud and keep those comments to yourself.
Sitting there watching the tourney today, it was kind of calm, even as we bantered about our own kid, there were no comments about the other team, and the other team was not screaming at our parents, which meant it was a pretty clean hockey game. The only nemesis was one child that has been banned from 2 local hockey teams so far and he still continues to administer dirty plays and nasty comments for a 9 year old and where do you think he learns it from? He was pushing and punching on the ice but all the dirty plays did not matter, the teams just played through and everyone knows that this kid does his thing just to cause problems so they just ignore him and move on! The game played well, and the goalies even switched sides(with only a few minutes left in the 3rd period) because the visiting goalie did not like the sun shining in his eyes so we kindly switched. (kind of unheard of, but our team went with it)
As the kids shook hands, that child told each many of the kids during the handshake that they won by luck and that we sucked. It was after I heard that, that I wished the kids would have put him into the net for un-sportsman-like conduct. However, as luck would have it the tale gets better!
I stopped my kids into the local Subway, and really never thought twice that my kid was wearing his team suit and hat, and the greeting we got by FOUR hockey dads was reason enough for me to want to carry a hockey stick and just shoot on their heads!
They started off rather loudly, and staring and then dropping comments, “their team played dirty and the kids moved the puck through our kids legs and around them that was not fair” and “their coaches don’t reprimand their brats for playing hard and they are an awful team to play against with dirty moves and bad kids.” My son turned around to snap at them and I told him to let it go because if 4 grown men were such total bad losers then they should mope in their own melting ice, not try to chastise a 9 year old kid about a team and bully him or for that matter myself.
The cashier at Subway commented on how so many games carry over into their restaurant and how miserable the ‘dads’ are when their kids lose and he can’t believe the sport is like that! The dads continued and “I wonder which little dirty player that is from the other team, he is part of the dirt we should have swept up!” and their kid said, “I wish I had my stick!”. I have to be honest, I wish the kid had his stick too because I would have personally shoved it up his dad’s #$%(u#($7 – YOU FILL in the blank. And just to get this straightened out, my kids was the one that deked your kid out because your kid does not know how to handle a hockey puck and play the position, but I would never say that, at least not to you. Rather, as an adult, I would just revel in the fact that my kid made the play he did and moved on, but if I have to stoop, you put out the stool, so thanks! Eat that puck.
So, even when you hear that hockey momma chanting, “you got it, go, go!” never think for a minute the hockey mommas trash worse than the dads! The dads wear the losses so much worse than the moms and it is evident when something like this happens! The kids are 9, it is not the NHL and if your kids are playing in these tourneys there are pretty fair odds that would contribute to the idea that your kids will not be in the NHL as they would have been on their way. Let the kids play, keep your thoughts to yourself, and hardly pick on a child for your team’s own short-comings. Win as a team and accept it, and lose as a team and accept it, nothing more, nothing less! Lavishly living hockey out loud is cool, when it does not insult or maim another person. Insults are best kept buckled up and inside your mouth not out!
Hockey sticks Out!