Today was definitely a super Saturday as I spent it at the rink with the Mayor and his team. Fortunately, we were local playing two games down in Coral Springs. Moreover, the scheduler did a great job as his games were perfectly scheduled. Consequently, I was able to pick up the race packets for the Purple Stride event after the team lunch.
The Mayor came out on fire this morning in game 1 against the Panthers scoring a beautiful goal on his first shift. He ended the first period with a goal and an assist. His team has come together nicely and really plays for each other. In the second period, his line-mate BK came to visit me in the Sin Bin. The ref sent him to the box for for interference after he took down the kid that had just leveled the Mayor. He came into the box and said “there’s no way I was gonna let him get away with hitting the Mayor.” Honestly, when a kid comes to the box for defending their teammate, I’m never mad. Sticking up for your teammate is what good teammates do.
That penalty was in the second period, but BK would be back to visit me in the 3rd. The Mayor took the puck on our blue line and started heading towards the offensive zone when a linebacker of a player boarded him in the neutral zone. The player really should have been called for a 2 and 10, but whatever….
Fortunately, the Mayor wasn’t hurt. He skated hard down to the offensive zone, where the same kid had just checked his line-mate BK into the boards. The Mayor laid this kid out. I gotta be honest, I was proud of him for sticking up for himself and his teammate. The hit was a real beauty and would have been perfectly legal if they were bantams. While the Mayor may be small in stature, he is large in personality, strength and presence on the ice. Undoubtedly, the player he laid out will remember him.
Afterwards, we headed to Lefty’s for lunch with the team. My brother met us for lunch, so the Mayor was totally stoked. Originally, I hadn’t planned on staying at lunch because I had to pick up the packets. My bro was able to take the Mayor back to the rink, so I could go to Boca to get the packets. Meanwhile, the Mayor was super excited to spend some time with his uncle.
Both J&B and then Rich were able to join us for the second game, which was a much tighter contest. It was a fun game to watch and the kids worked hard together. They enjoyed watching him play. The Mayor use his new stick even if it was a little tall for him. He was just a little excited about it. At the end of the day, I love watching the Mayor’s squad play. They create an atmospheric experience at their games. Undeniably, there is nothing better than watching these kids come together and start playing for each other.
Now it’s off to sort shirts and put together the packets for tomorrow’s race. Undoubtedly, I’m nervous for the race since my training has been non-existent and I hate sucking. If you haven’t donated to the team or still want to join (it’s not too late), you can donate at this link or register at tomorrow’s event.
Tonight’s song is “Machinehead” by Bush.