All posts tagged: hockey

BEARTOWN – FREDRIK BACKMAN

Finally! After many months, I have finished reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman. This novel was a pretty intense read and covers topics relevant to society today – peer pressure, homophobia, rape, integrity, etc. To sum it up, Beartown is a small community who lives, eats, and breathes their junior hockey team. The team could potentially give this town recognition, sponsorship money, and opportunities for players to get into the NHL. As an important game approaches, one of the star players comes under fire when he is accused of leaving a young girl traumatized. People of the town become divided and readers witness how society can quickly brush disturbing events under a rug when it comes to protecting the reputation of a town rather than a value of a single person. The ending left me confused as hell (I won’t give away any spoilers), but it’s a good confusion. I’m constantly reflecting back on EVERYTHING that has happened and if you are a super sleuth you can probably figure it all out, but I haven’t, yet. All of this won’t make …

My first intramural game on a men’s hockey team

There are four men’s hockey teams here at UTSC: Tri-Campus (very competitive contact hockey) B-Team (very competitive non-contact hockey) C-Team (competitive non-contact hockey) R-Team (competitive non-contact hockey) As mentioned in my last post (Tryout hangover), I made the B-team! YAY! I was so proud of myself to be able to compete and keep up with the men’s team, that I had a constant smile on my face for at least two days. Growing up with brothers and playing competitive hockey all my life, I’ve never been the “puck bunny” type. I’d rather strap on the skates and compete with the guys, rather than drool over their missing teeth and wild helmet hair in the stands. As a result, I looked forward to playing my first game with the new team. I felt confident in myself that I’d be able to keep up, rather than make a fool of myself and get benched. On Saturday (game day) I was calm and composed……until I entered the arena. It was then I saw a glimpse of the other team. They had guys triple …

Tryout hangover

This morning I felt like a zombie. Forced myself out of bed, gulped back two bottles of water from constant dehydration and regretted all I’d done the night before. The tryout hangover. I know it well. Push-ups, crunches, laps, scrimmages, sprints — It’s been a crazy couple weeks. Even though my body is feeling the aches and pains, I can proudly say I tried out for FOUR different sports teams this semester at UTSC. Am I crazy? Um. Yes. I’m only taking three courses this semester, so I do have a bit more time to dedicate to athletics. The teams I tried out for were girls soccer, hockey, flag football, and boys hockey (yeah, I’m surprised too). Soccer tryout I’ve been on the girls soccer team for the past three years, so I felt extremely comfortable being at tryouts and already knowing the coaches and past teammates. I was surprised to learn there will not be a girls B team this semester (usually there’s an A and B team), and I can tell it bothered a few players. One girl …