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Hockey Mom!

by Beth Parker

I never thought I’d be one of those hockey moms, you know, yelling cheers from the sidelines and racing off to sit in a frigid arena several times a week. But suddenly I realized that it had happened. Without intending to join the growing group of parents that follow their sons and daughters as they take to the ice and play Canada’s favourite sport, there I was – number one hockey mom.

You know you’re a hockey mom when:

  • You find yourself shouting “Deke, deke,” and “Pass the biscuit”.
  • The smell of a hockey bag actually brings back good memories for you.
  • You’ve got a special coat and boots just for sitting in cold arenas for long periods of time.
  • You’ve preprogrammed more than 10 hockey arenas into your GPS device.
  • You’ve been called a “puck bunny”- and liked it.
  • You’re willing to spend hours on a bus stay in a budget hotel and eat fast food for a weekend in order to travel with the team to a tournament.
  • No matter what the score or how many passes your kid misses, you still can imagine them playing one day for the NHL.