My daughter and I were hockey implants this past weekend.

It’s not what you think.

Technically, she was the implant, I was the transplant.

She was invited by another team to a hockey tournament in Jay Peak, Vermont (uh huh, so skiing was also involved too!) as a pick-up player. Several players from a team in her association were unable to attend this tournament so they get to pick up players from another team, hence their invitation to us – I mean, my daughter. It was her job to play hockey for this team; it was my job to get her there (well, my husband’s. Given there was skiing involved, we made this a ski-hockey-waterpark weekend).

It seems a lot of parents of recreational hockey won’t travel to out-of-town tournaments. Cost, time, winter roads, whatever. But out-of-town hockey tournaments is what I love about being a hockey mom (in fact, they may even be why I tolerate minor hockey).

And I’m not the only one. When our hockey years are behind us, I can guarantee you that all three of my kids will look back on their minor hockey careers and the out-of-town tournaments as being the bomb dot com. (I learned that phrase from my daughter and I can’t stop using it.)

Out-of-town hockey tournaments offer an opportunity to play teams from other cities (heck, from other countries, as was the case this past weekend!) and is like a mini-vacation (despite a typically busy game schedule particularly if your team advances beyond round robin play). It offers a brief but reliable antidote to the ho-hum doldrums of the cold, Canadian winter. It offers families the chance to dispense with normal routine of school and work – and to travel and sleep in close quarters (the only form of winter camping I’ll agree to).  It offers the potential of a new town or city or food or folklore to explore and who can deny the enriched learning experience kids derive from hotel swimming pools, mini stick hockey in the lobby and terrorizing hotel security guards after quiet hour (despite me having signed numerous waivers over the years promising precisely not to do so!)??

Some of the teams my kids have been on have had six tournaments a season (when playing competitive hockey) and some of our teams have only been to two. Regardless of the number or the timing (except for maybe The Great Hockey Weekend of 2012, which we do not speak of in our household), I will never vote down a hockey tournament weekend.

I like hockey tournaments. I know my kids love hockey tournaments.

I liked being a hockey implant and I’m certain my daughter enjoyed being a hockey implant too.

And I think we make the perkiest of hockey implants out there!

ice haus

6 Responses to Hockey implants

  • I’ve had the same experience as a ski racing mom- at a certain level of racing, out of town and out of state travel is required. I’ve always loved it, and some awesome
    Memories have been created on those trips!

  • As a kid, my mom didn’t travel with any of my teams but there were other moms who did and provided transportation — I was grateful to them. I’m sure you and your daughter brought your sparkle to VT.

  • Living in the south in America, baseball and football are the main sports. So I love hearing about your hockey adventures! It always sounds similar to my traveling with a baseball guy, so I can identify. Have fun!

  • This post reminds me that I’ve been a failure as an extra curricular parent. Yes, there was the time I signed the Son up for swim classes and the nine years I forced the Daughter to take ballet classes (living vicariously, of course) but that hardly compares to your commitment to being a hockey mom. I tip my hat to you, my friend. I don’t know how you do it. The thought of stepping out of the house in zero degree weather makes me break out in hives. Thank goodness for implants, I mean, transplants like you, lady! hee hee! 🙂

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