24 April, 2014

Category Archives: Hockey hearts

A Sixty-something Suddenly Gliding Gracefully on Life’s Best Edge

Can a life on blades begin at 60 (63, actually)? I am here this morning to report, emphatically, that it can. Great amusement — and inspiration — arrived early in 2013 for me when my cherished sixty-three-year-old pal Michael up in Portland, Maine, rang one evening to inform me of a most novel New Years […]

In Maine, a Seal Team Six of Shinny Skates (and Skates!) Super Sunday

I haven’t a vocabulary to do justice to the charm intrinsic in the five and three-quarters minutes of the video below, passed on to me Monday by friends in Bauers I recently made up in Maine. It’s a time lapse video compressing seven and a half hours of remarkable devotion, on ice, this past Super […]

Inauguration Refugee: Long Weekending in Very Frozen America, for Coveted Hamstring Soreness

Over an extra long holiday weekend I watched a little bit of the start of the abbreviated NHL season, but mostly I spent it outside, in multiple layers, chasing pucks in the sumptuously crisp and frigid air of southern Maine. My friends for all forms of frozen fun, Mike and Marleen, arranged for me to […]

Pride, Regret, and Questions

If we are of mixed emotions about the end of this hockey season — proud and uplifted by a Capitals team of unlikely cohesion and stunning sacrifice, but also exasperated by the frustration of banishment earlier than forecast, again — that’s as it should be. This Capitals team engineered a vibrant unity of our region […]

Matty Perreault vs. the Big, Bold Boston Bruins

The Capital who torched the Boston Bruins most this year offensively was … Mathieu Perreault? Be honest. If you had to guess the team you thought an undersized NHLer not named Martin St. Louis would get a hat trick against, would the Boston Bruins have cracked your top 29? Probably not. But, for the Capitals, […]

Killer Chronicle: A Weekend of Fun On and Off the Ice in D.C.

Probably about two  months ago, reading something on this blog, I first learned of the first-ever Capitals Alumni game. I fly into town this week to participate, and I’ve been looking forward to Friday night pretty much all summer. As soon as I learned about the game I knew that wanted to come right away, […]

Capitalizing on Cribbage

Not all that long ago, I didn’t know what the heck cribbage was. Turns out, it’s a card game, with a whacky scoring system. According to its history, it’s long been a favorite pastime among mariners, which might explain its popularity up in coastal Nova Scotia, where my friends Mike and Marleen play it regularly. […]

My Kingdom for a Competent Line Change!

How does a team with so much talent suffer fortunes so stinging spring after spring after spring? My kingdom for a competent line change! A horrific line change ended game 2; game 3′s first power play, which produced an ever elusive goal for the Caps with the extra man, ended prematurely because of . . […]

A Slice of Canada in Our Own Backyard

Wednesday night I was not only treated to an absolutely amazing hockey game between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, but I got to experience it in a place that lives and breathes hockey. To be honest I am almost reluctant to reveal this secluded spot just outside the District, but many puckheads already […]

Washington’s Greatest Fatigue

It’s the only morning that Metro’s tolerable: the a.m. after a Capitals’ triumph in extended sudden death overtime, and the early shifters among the D.C. workforce who followed it all are snoozing from too early a summoning alarm clock. But they’re oh so proudly attired in the afterglow of high-stakes triumph. It probably is most […]