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Hockey moms enjoy a somewhat sensationalized reputation as being some of the craziest moms in sports and that’s not too far from the truth. In my humble opinion, we’re a good kind of crazy. Who else but a hockey parent would get up at 4:20 am to drive from Clearwater to Ellenton for a tournament game?
The level of dedication it takes to have a kid in travel hockey, is unbelievable. During the boys’ hockey season, hockey is all we know and all we do. Devoted to their family and to the sport, hockey moms can log hundreds of miles (at least in Florida) driving from rink to rink in a single day. One weekend a couple of years ago, I logged 700 miles of driving for hockey. To see my boys play the game they love with their friends never gets old. Mastercard’s tagline sums it up perfectly: it’s priceless.
To be clear, we hockey moms know how to have a good time. In addition to knowing the proximity of Dunkin/Starbucks to every rink, we also know where to find the closest Total Wine. We love watching our kids play and seeing them develop over the years, but we really enjoy the good times we share with our fellow hockey moms and hockey dads. Over the years, the fellow hockey moms and dads, who started off as our friends have become a part of our family.
I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing group of moms at the rink. These women are incredible. They balance life, work, family and hockey and do it with grace, intelligence and beauty. Hockey moms are a tight sorority of sisterhood that is closer knit than any outsider could possible imagine. As crazy as we are, the rivalry ends when the teams leave the ice and there is a hockey mom or family in need. Regardless of what team or organization our kids play for, when there is a hockey mom or family in need, the hockey family will take care of them. Hockey moms don’t let another hockey mom walk a difficult road alone. We are at each other’s side to the very end.
I posted an article on my Facebook page the other day about the benefits of travel sports of kids. The article is absolutely on point, but it didn’t even address the ancillary benefit of travel sports and that is the relationships the parents build. I never imagined when my kids started playing hockey, how much I would benefit from the travel hockey experience. When Luke’s mom got sick or when Luke had a run in with the SUV, our hockey family had our back. The hockey community is incredibly close knit and I could not be prouder to be a hockey mom or more grateful for all of the incredible women hockey has brought into my life.