Hockey tryouts are still happening. Our son played hard, had fun and eventually he was handed the envelope with further instructions for continued tryouts. The coach decided he’d keep our son as his eleventh forward, so when there are injuries, he’ll be called up to play on the team.
What a good sport our son was! First he was one of only three remaining as a 1991 player when all the others were older, born in 1990. Secondly, he loved every minute on the ice, lots of ice time in fact, and he was allowed to hit! Not only was he allowed to hit in this league, he was the recipient of hitting several times to get the full feel of contact hockey at its best. And finally, thirdly, he was an unknown still in this community, not having a hockey record as others living here for the past few years would have. When the envelope came, he was happy with the outcome and was eagerly looking forward to continued tryouts with another team.
So, now eliminated from the A/AA team, one in the same, though we first thought they were two different teams, continued efforts progressed when he was invited to try out for the Midget MD team, though we aren’t sure exactly what the “MD” stands for yet. This too is a rep team, a travel team in the east.
As young hockey players get older, they can easily obtain a poor attitude to the point where they quit the league entirely, rather than play in another tier group. Such is life, and so much for the love of hockey and the great desire to just play the game. As each of the players were cut from the A/AA team, many if not most began to just up and quit. Of course this doesn’t affect too many initially, but after trying out for the MD team this week, news of the amount of the quitters spread and perhaps now, this team won’t even have enough players to remain in the league at this tier level.
We shall have more news soon…
Until then, the roller hockey blades are on and a lighting system is hoisted to the barn on the far side overlooking the hockey sports court at night. Daily skating and shooting practice continues, and when there’s more involved a game also ensues. This is the good ole hockey game, a great sport who keeps trodding along with his sincere devotion for the love of the game!