2021 October

Hockey and the tapestry of our lives

2021-10-10T22:48:59-04:00October 9th, 2021|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

I would be a Leafs fan, I suppose, but when I was seven years old someone put a woolly Montreal Canadiens sweater on me, with the rest of my hockey gear, skates and all, before snapping a Polaroid of me standing in the living room. My allegiance was somehow set. Paul, my best friend, was a Leafs fan. His mother made sandwiches and cookies and gave them to me

2014 May

“Dad, can I wear my skates to bed?”

2017-07-19T01:17:35-04:00May 26th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A boy can love many things – pizza, pulling his sister’s hair, climbing trees – but my boy loves few things more than putting on his hockey skates. He’d wear them to bed if allowed and has already asked, wanting to follow, apparently, what Guy Lafleur did as a boy – he wore his skates [...]

2014 May

A Canadian boy and his game. (And by the way, I’m going to @#$%^& kill you.)

2017-07-19T01:19:33-04:00May 16th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This is about a boy who loved to play hockey. He played in rinks, sure, when he could, even outdoor rinks, but more so just on the road, hour after hour, with or without his buddies, often until dark, calling the play-by-play, shooting, scoring, winning with the crowd going wild, of course, at least until [...]