Recently, there have been revelations and rumblings within gaming journalism, which the community has collectively termed “GamerGate.” I won’t go into its background as it is really just glorified gossip and it is ultimately irrelevant, but what is important is that it has stirred up discussion of gender issues found among gaming communities, the media that cover gaming, and the games themselves. This is a good thing, but I think what is even more important is that it presents an opportunity for us all–but especially men–to do some self-reflection.
As most of you know by now from reading the two blog posts: Hockey and Growing Up And Hockey, ice hockey was a big part of my life. When I was 18, I kind of walked away from hockey. I kind of lost my love for the sport. It had nothing to do hockey itself, it was just mostly about things that had happened to me. I would still watch an NHL game from time to time and keep my eyes on the standing to see what was going on, but I didn’t really follow it anymore.
When I lived in Pennsylvania, I did get a chance to go to a few Hershey Bears games and when I was in Johnstown, Pennsylvania doing management in training for Denny’s, I got to watch a few Johnstown Chiefs games, and those were really exciting, and I did get a two of my friends into hockey that way. There is really nothing like watching a game live in the arena. There is just so much excitement, and watching the Hershey Bears and the Johnstown Chiefs were very exciting.
As most of my readers, or at least my family knows, I grew up playing hockey. I wrote about it in my post about Hockey and you can read it by following that link. In this post, I’ll talk a little bit about that, but more about places where I played, and how they have changed.
When I played in Mites and Squirts, most of our games and practices were outside. If I remember correctly, they were at one of the many outdoor rinks in Crystal, Minnesota. I remember some of those games being incredibly cold, but I still loved it. I don’t ever remember complaining about it being cold outside, especially if I was skating or playing hockey. The boards on those rinks were made of about five (5) or six (6) 2″ x 8″ boards.