When four-year-old Connor starts pleading for hockey skates, my dreamy fantasies of après ski’s toasty fires, charming chalets, and chilled chardonnay rapidly evaporate. I now become a hockey mom – the worst still to come …a hockey goalie mom. As time goes on and I reluctantly raised the white flag to the culture of hockey, my younger son and daughter sign up for hockey too. Our lives become a whirling vortex of early morning alarms, minivans stuffed with massive amounts of goalie equipment, ice-cold arenas, and appalling food choices.
Offside by a Mile – Confessions of a Hockey Mom, chronicles the frantic and frequently hilarious challenges of one family’s fourteen-year, and counting, odyssey into the world of minor hockey. The universal challenges, joys, and sorrows of supporting childhood passions at the cost of home-improvements, healthy diet pledges, personal time, money, sleep, or any sort of downtime or personal freedom will be recognizable to parents everywhere. But with its wickedly frank and funny perspectives, Offside by a Mile offers a bubbly and refreshing tonic for it all <hic!>.
By buying a copy of this book, you’ll also be playing it forward (see what I did there?!), as a portion of the proceeds will go to helping other hockey moms laugh at themselves! Well, it may not do that, but a portion of the proceeds will go to “The Big Play”, a partnership between Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart charities and the Hockey Canada Foundation aimed at helping disadvantaged Canadians offset the cost of registration and equipment for organized minor hockey – and help young Canadians “get in the game”.
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Ah yes, winters in the Great White North! This Chicken Soup classic is filled with 101 amusing and encouraging short stories about weathering the cold, creating warm memories with family and friends, and playing great winter sports. My story, The Angels of Hockey, is included in this anthology and you can purchase the book here.
I am a regular contributor to HockeyNow.ca’s magazine where I bring the slapstick (see what I did there?) to my role as a columnist in their Hockey Mom Mondays feature and pen all things hockey mom. You can pick up a copy of HockeyNow in many Canadian arenas. You can also view these and other HockeyNow posts here.
Established in 1999, HockeyNow is the only magazine that provides coverage about all hockey leagues between minor and major junior hockey and college hockey across North America. Focused on promoting and growing the game, HockeyNow is actively aligned with sponsorship opportunities, as well as developing curriculum-based hockey programs. Print copies are available in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario.