Category Archives: Sports

Even Hockey Coaches Have Hearts

Published in the Chico Enterprise-Record, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph & Hockey Player Magazine (2012) Readers, a prologue: This article previously appeared in several newspapers and on my blog.  I share it again in memory of Eric Trivedi, a fellow hockey … Continue reading

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Old Hockey Player Forgets About Scoring Stats

(Hockey Player Magazine, October 2017) “A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”  Wayne Gretzky Some scoring statistics are best forgotten. You’re not a hockey player until you’ve scored on yourself a saying goes, quoted by … Continue reading

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Eclipses, Baseball and the Dog Days of Summer

There sure is a lot of hype for a little bit of extra shade. I received an email at work last week about Monday’s eclipse, alerting me to conserve energy.  The message was relayed from the California Independent Systems Operator, … Continue reading

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Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma

She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer. In Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 Hour Rule” which claims that the key to success is a matter of practicing a specific task for … Continue reading

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Young Referee Whistles While He Works

(Hockey Player Magazine, April 2017) “You can’t applaud a referee.” Alex Ferguson, Coach, Manchester United They are jeered, never cheered.  It’s black and white. Great referees are invisible to the general fan but invincible to the general jerk.  Officiating is … Continue reading

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The Dork

(Hockey Player Magazine, December 2016) Every team has one.  Whether its baseball, basketball or badminton, there’s always that one guy who doesn’t quite enmesh locker room society.  Maybe it’s his or her lousy jokes, bad breath, or that they wear … Continue reading

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Playoffs Are All That Matter

Hockey Player Magazine, May 2016 It’s only an eight game schedule but my body thinks otherwise—the season feels like 80 games.  My legs burn with each stride while my lungs gasp for more air than a carburetor.  But we’re in … Continue reading

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Hockey Mom Earns Frequent Flyer Miles

Hockey Player Magazine, Feb 2016 (Note: Names below were changed.) We boarded the jet two hours late, me and 350 others.  No explanation was given other than lousy weather in Europe.  My original seat selection was along the back row … Continue reading

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December is the Season for Puck Drops

(Hockey Player Magazine, December 2015) December is the season for leaf fall, snow fall, and puck drops. My hockey buddies grin when frosty windshields mask the morning commute, especially the guys from Minnesota or Canada where vegetables come in casseroles … Continue reading

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Hockey Tape and Old Trophies Bring Out Sentiments

(This article originally appeared in Hockey Player Magazine, May 2015) The line between frugality and nostalgia is not much wider than a skate blade. Consider hockey tape, the adhesive that binds equipment, body parts, and adult recreation teams.  Players hoarding rolls … Continue reading

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