Category: Hockey

“My Teammates are Like Family”

Shawn Thornton, on the reaction if a teammate came out as gay: Honestly, my teammates are like family so there would be support. I would personally [support] him and I’m pretty sure everyone in our locker room would. We’ve got a pretty good bunch of guys. I don’t think there would be any issues. How […]

The Day When Everything Hollows Out

Sometimes my Instapaper reading list has a running theme. On the train home last night I read two ruminations on that curious period just before a transcendent athlete’s decline: From ‘Still Life’: The Long Autumn of Roger Federer by Brian Phillips: The saddest moment in the career of a great athlete is the one when […]

Back on the Ice

Hopped onto the ice for the first time in about six months. The Sled Dogs were having a practice and scrimmage, so I took the opportunity to shake off the rust. My stickhandling and shooting have definitely taken a hit during the layoff, but was a lot of fun to be skating again. Hopefully I’ll […]

On the Break

photo by penjamins This is my breakaway goal from last night’s game, a throwback to early-80s hockey that the Sled Dogs won 9-4. Lots of people getting goals in this one. I centered the first line and we all got at least a goal and an assist. I ended up with a goal and two […]

Selling Pucks

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images. Yes, I believe that is a built-in beer holder on that Hulk hand. Slate recently ran an article on the difficulty of selling hockey through star power. It’s a good read, touching on a few common hurdles to watching hockey: stars only playing part of the game (what are these […]


Sled Dogs fall 08 roster. I’m second from the left on the bottom row. Tom Aprile and Melanie Richard are missing. My rookie ice hockey season ended in disappointment last Saturday, in a 3-1 first-round knockout loss to the Tigers. We had beaten them several times this season, but despite scoring first we failed to […]

Catching Up

Lots of stuff on the burner. Finishing a big project at work, so I’ve been quiet on this space for a bit longer than I anticipated. Evan brought me along to see the Kings/Rangers game last week, which proves what a great guy he is – burning one of his season-ticket shares on a last-place west-coast […]

A Tale of Two Games

The Sled Dogs just completed a back-to-back series against the Tigers, and the games couldn’t have been any more different. The Jan. 12th game was a 7-5 barnburner where we were up 5-1 early in the second, only to start a parade to the penalty box that saw the game tied early in the third. […]