hockey in Uganda

2021 January

‘Hey man, where are the sticks, the sticks, the sticks …?’

2021-03-21T02:19:00-04:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |8 Comments

When I die, I want my obituary to read as follows: “Thomas Froese is dead. Mr. Froese’s biggest accomplishment was bringing hockey to Africa, where it’s now enjoyed by pretty well everyone.” Today, here’s my progress report. In short, I can’t die any time soon.

2020 February

Hockey night in Uganda – remember this

2020-03-07T13:53:11-05:00February 8th, 2020|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: |4 Comments

MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ It’s hockey night in Uganda and you’re running, running, chasing that little red ball that’s, of course, (this is Africa), held together with just hope and tape. During a break, you ask a question. How old are you? “Twenty-one,” someone says. “Nineteen,” says another. "Twenty-two." Another

2019 March

The strange charm of Captain Amon and Hockey Uganda

2020-01-31T03:52:03-05:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , |9 Comments

The charm, the absolute charm, of Captain Amon is that he’ll appear at your doorstep in East Africa at the most inopportune times.You’ll be having a bite to eat, or a nap, or a shower, and there it is, the knock on your guesthouse door. “Mr. Thom? Hello, Mr. Thom? Mr. Thom. Are you there?

2016 September

We’re back

2017-04-13T14:06:42-04:00September 9th, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re back in Africa (with the cats and dog and everyone else). So is this blog. They, the Ugandans, always call it a holiday. “So how was your holiday?” they’ll ask. It gets too complicated to explain in any great detail that we actually aren’t really holidaying during our annual stretch in Canada, not in [...]

2014 December

Daniel Alfredsson and me? Twins? Do I have to retire now?

2017-07-18T17:36:49-04:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

After ensuring the children did indeed still have all their limbs attached, the first order of business back home here in Uganda was to play some hockey, the sort reported earlier this year here in the Hamilton Spectator, that is ball hockey with Ugandans who are getting too good at Canada’s game. Too good, indeed. Joining us for [...]

2014 February

Celebrating hockey GOLD in Africa

2017-01-31T23:26:00-05:00February 24th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The thing about winning Gold in an Olympic event over and over and over and (YAWN) over is that you might start to assume that it’s your birthright, which, I suppose, this one, uh, kid, with the red shirt thinks. You forget all the work involved and your belly gets flabby and you won’t want to even walk the dog [...]

2014 February

Looking for big Olympic hockey game. Have monkeys, beer. Will travel.

2017-07-19T01:40:13-04:00February 21st, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Here’s the deal. Africa isn’t really the biggest place on the hockey map. I know you find this hard to imagine. But I’m working on it all. In fact, I see no reason why Uganda can’t have an Olympic hockey team for the 2018 Games, and if you read the Hamilton Spectator (which, if you [...]