Hockey is an emotional game, we all know that. Everything that happens on the ice, in the dressing room, and on the bench dictates our behaviour for the 60 minutes of stop time; and that’s where it has to end. Everything that happens in those 60 minutes is irrelevant once you leave the dressing room. That doesn’t mean you can’t be stoked about a multi goal performance, or maybe a tilly where you dummied a guy bigger than you, but chat about it with your friends and don’t go searching for extra attention from the other team. Remember that once the game is over, that’s it. It’s done. There’s no need to have any of that extra emotion spill outside the rink. Let me tell you about why this is on my mind:
After pluggin up Jr.s for a few years, I’m livin the dream in rec hockey. Pretty fast paced games with friends and beers, can’t complain. We play this team that has a similar record as us, so it’s an important game (or as important as they come in rec) so the atmosphere in the dressing room is pretty eager to get out there and play. We do, and it’s a sick game. Had a Jr hockey pace about it, excellent reffing, unusual for a rec game at 10:30 at night. There are a few bumps; some chippy plays, few PIMs get handed out, but from what we all thought it was a solid game, and a big W for our team (yours truly with 1g 2a…no big deal haha).
As is tradition in the beer league, we all sit around with some cold ones and reflect on the ups and downs of the game. It’s getting late; everybody either works or has class in the morning so we call it a night. By now it’s just past midnight and the parking lot is scattered with a few vehicles and the other team is having a few pops at a vehicle and we decide to do the same to finish our case. A few drinks to go and some plug from the other team starts chirpin a few cars away, and we do our best to ignore it until he chucks a glass bottle where were standing. Apparently he was pissed about us “running up the score (we won 7-2…not that bad) and apparently it took a few bevies to work up the courage to tell us what he thought. Were a couple deep as well and aren’t really in the mood to put up with this plug throwing glass bottles so as he and a few others (who are trying to stop him) walk over we let him know how dumb he’s being and that he should take off. He takes a last drink from his beer before throwing the bottle at the guy beside me (who has been aching for a reason to tilly all game) who has had enough. My guy tells their guy to f*ck off, their guy takes a swing, our guy ducks and KOs the duster with two right on the button.
Now I know that our guy did the real damage (found out by talking to a guy from their team two days after that buddy has a hairline fracture in his jaw), but despite that fact our guy also let all his game emotions go, and was just having a beer with the boys at the end of the night. No harm, no foul. It was the fat f*ck who couldn’t let a rec hockey loss go that initiated the whole situation.
This was a situation where luckily the only damage was done to the person who deserved it, and he will have a few weeks off of puck to think what he’s gonna do the next time he acts up, but the point of the story is that no good comes from post-game grudges. I’m sure buddy doesn’t feel any better now about getting upset from a loss than he did while he was conscious in the parking lot, and I’m glad that only one person had to go to the hospital that night and that nothing escalated.
Always keep in mind gongers that you never know who is on the other team and what they might have with them. It’s a scary thought, but you never know what is gonna happen in those sort of situations, so just avoid them all together. Keep your anger on the ice and in the dressing room. Nobody likes the guy who thinks he has to make up for his dusty on ice play buy acting like a tough guy after the game. Keep it in ya, and use it as fuel for the next night.
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