The 2021 NHL playoffs start today so I filled out the bracket challenge. Couldn’t help but hope for a 🌸 vs 🐧 matchup in the finals!
NHL Bracket challenge showing the Penguins, Hurricanes, Leafs, and Golden Knights advancing to the final four.Stanley Cup final bracket showing the Penguins defeating the Golden Knights in the final.

Choosing to not go play hockey tonight hours before the rink is closed for a few weeks is probably one of the toughest calls I have had to make in 2020.
At the same time, staying home was also a real easy choice.

It is a puzzling feeling to not be rooting against Philly for once.
The sooner this election is over and the NHL returns, the sooner balance will be restored 🏒🐧

Tonight is the first time since March that I get to play hockey.
My skates aren’t sharpened and this is the longest one been off the ice in 15 years.
At least I have freshly taped sticks. Looking good is 90% of being good… right?

Now that the play in round is finished and the first round starts tonight I have filled out the annual NHL.com playoff bracket.
I have once again fallen for my personal biases and picked the Golden Knights as the champs.
2020 NHL Playoff Bracket with Vegas winning the Cup

It’s a big day! Late July is usually a dark time for hockey and I’m more than a bit excited that the NHL has managed to demonstrate some competence in their return to play.

Today featured a very different morning routine. Usually I watch highlights and read recaps of Hockey games from last night.

time is a funny thing.
two years disappeared in the blink of an eye.
two years seems like a lifetime ago.

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the one thing I have learned in the past two years is that no matter what happens you just keep living.
my father taught me that the best way to be alive is when you are helping other people grow.
this is why I teach. this is why I coach.

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when I was seven I wanted to play hockey. this was a surprise to no one in my family. my mother grew up playing and eventually coaching hockey. my father volunteered with the local can skate program. playing hockey was the natural progression for me.
unfortunately there was a small “situation” at the beginning of the season. when it was time to purchase my hockey gear mom was away and so the task fell to my father. full credit to him though, he didn’t have any experience with hockey gear but I was fully equipped for my first ice time. he stepped up to the challenge because making sure I had a great experience was the important thing.
this story doesn’t end at that first ice time. buying all my equipment came right down to the last minute and resulted in the purchase of a pair of hockey pants that could be described as “large”. they were the only pair available so dad bought them. they were so large on me that I pulled them up to my armpits and they still went almost to my ankles.
I wore those same hockey pants until I was a teenager in bantam.
I still laugh about it every time this story comes to mind.
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making sure this hockey player had fun meant my dad was willing to appear a bit foolish

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my father was a silly man.

we loved laughing at him, he loved hearing us laugh.

I miss you dad.