With this post, Women’s Hockey World is going on hiatus. I have only played three hockey games since injuring my back in October. After re-injuring my back in the third game back, I am hanging up the skates until I’m 100% healthy. It’s not as much fun to write about hockey when I’m not playing, so I’m taking a break from blogging. Thanks to all for your support, comments and feedback. We’ll be back soon.
If you feel stuck in a hockey routine or are thinking twice about showing up for that 10:30 p.m. game, you might be losing your hockey mojo.
1) Crank up the tunes in the dressing room. It will energize you before the game and those rooms are big enough for dancing post-game.
2) Upgrade your equipment. Is it time to finally get a decent stick, a helmet that fits properly or gloves that don’t stink? Your family will appreciate that you’ve taken care of your next birthday present.
3) Plan a team party. Season-opener, Christmas, birthday, TGIF…any excuse will do.
4) Play with the boys. There are a growing number of co-ed hockey leagues and tournaments. My husband and I have played in a co-ed New Year’s Eve game for the past few years. Choose men who will pass to you or make a rule that only women can score.
5) Give out team awards. Everyone likes to feel special. You can have some laughs and build team spirit with awards. Our team has a Purple Heart for the best injury of the year and a stuffed gorilla for the Goon Award (most penalties – last year I think it was 6 minutes!).
6) Sub for another team. Switch it up and find another team that needs players. They’ll be happy to have you and you may pick up a few tips and tricks.
7) Watch kids play hockey. Whether it’s ankle-biters who can barely stand on skates, 8-year-olds that can skate circles around you or teenagers who still have dreams of the NHL, you’ll probably see pure joy on ice.
8) Challenge yourself. Pick one thing you want to accomplish in the next game. It could be as simple as taking a slap shot on net or it could be completing a new play you learned in practice.
10) Take your team to a tournament. It’s all the fun of a road trip PLUS hockey. Just imagine!
Have fun…and soak up every moment of fun on the ice and off.