Sanity in a Storm: Unpacking Another Season of Minor Hockey

Minor Hockey Coach Ice Hockey Tips and Drills Kelvin Cech

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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“Your article was perfectly timed for my son to read. Sanity in a storm.”

A couple weeks back I received a reply on twitter following the re-release of an article I wrote last year during minor hockey playoff time. Jennifer thanked us for the article, the timing of which made it important to her son.

Important for Jennifer as well, I reckon.

In fact, I reckon Jennifer isn’t the only hockey parent who feels like her skin is on fire following another intense, challenging, and occasionally maddening minor hockey season.

And Jenn, just so you know, trust you’re not the only parent with whom I’ve recently communicated about closing the book on the season.

So why does this happen? Why is the conclusion of the hockey season such a relief for parents? While we’re at it, why is it such a relief for coaches as well? It’s unfortunate that our country’s most beloved past time is tarnished with such strong sentiments of angst, rage, and downright grief.

Right?

Actually, I’m not so sure. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that we feel so strongly about the game.

“Your article was perfectly timed for my son to read. Sanity in a storm.”

A couple weeks back I received a reply on twitter following the re-release of an article I wrote last year during minor hockey playoff time. Jennifer thanked us for the article, the timing of which made it important to her son.

Important for Jennifer as well, I reckon.

In fact, I reckon Jennifer isn’t the only hockey parent who feels like her skin is on fire following another intense . . .

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