I don't love hockey. Yes you read that right. I can list a lot of things that I love and hockey is not one of them. I am sure you are thinking. I thought you were on a show called Hockey Moms? Yes, I am a very active hockey mom and hockey wife but most of it is not by choice. Almost all of my adult life was controlled by hockey in some way. I met my husband when I was 20 and he had already been drafted. He left to play professional hockey right after we graduated from college. Over the course of the next 13 years, he played in 12 cities in 6 different counties. From the ages of 23 to 34, I moved over 20 times. I can pack and unpack a box like nobody's business. We had a lot of wonderful times and once in a life time experiences. I am thankful that my husband was able to live his passion for so many years while providing for our growing family. I am forever grateful for my time in all those places around the world as they have made me the person that I am today. But there was also a lot of heartache, stress, unwanted change, loneliness, and frustration. I loved it and hated it all at the same time.
A car accident required my husband to retire almost 3 years ago.
It was a big change for my family, one that I was ready for. I was so hopeful that
finally my life would settle down and we could live the "normal" life that I have always wanted. Little did I know that my hockey life was starting all over again. I now find myself surrounded by even more hockey then I was before. My husband has turned his hockey playing into hockey coaching, I have two kids who play hockey, I manage their teams, and my husband and I run hockey camps in Rosemount. When not at the rink, we are watching hockey, playing knee hockey, and talking about hockey.
It is ALL hockey ALL the time.
On the show you will see my frustration with the amount of time and energy
that goes into hockey. You will see me missing my husband when he is coaching every weekend.
You will see my annoyance with bringing my kids to early morning practices.
You will see the stress that I sometimes feel having to manage so much hockey in our lives.
You will see all these things but I also hope you see the joy I have for my kids when they are on the ice. How much happiness it brings me to see the love they have for the game. How my heart just melts watching my husband and kids share in the passion of this sport. Possibly you will see me start to warm up to the sport of hockey as I enjoy it through the eyes of the most important little people in my life.
And maybe, just maybe, my love/hate for hockey will begin to be just love.