It’s the little things that stress a lot of people out.
A few years ago I was watching a hockey game in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, the Oilers vs the Leafs. These were the pre-Taylor Hall days and were quite dark indeed. But instead of worrying about the outcome of the game, I remember feeling angst during the anthem as one of the players vacated the blue line to skate a lap by himself as he strapped his helmet on.
What’s happening here? I remember thinking. Sure enough the rest of the players followed suit. How did they know when to leave? Could they read each other’s minds?
I wasn’t concerned with the inevitable demise of my beloved Oilers – no, I was stressed out because I couldn’t figure out how the players knew what to do before the puck was even dropped.
Brainstorming ideas for this piece, it dawned on me – from the players to the anthem singer to the men and women with cameras on the ice, the professional hockey pre-game procedure is old news for those involved. It’s easy to get the timing down because they’re all veterans.
Initiation hockey, on the other hand?
That’s another story.
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