Category Archive: Funny Stories

Tales from behind the scenes, between the whistles and on the road.

Oct 17

10 Worst Inventions in Hockey History

In life, and certainly in hockey, there are some ideas that are better left in the back of one’s mind.  Here are 10 inventions the hockey world could have done without:    T-Blades       The T-Blade, or “Thermal Blade”, is a skate chassis/blade combo that was designed and patented by the German company, …

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Apr 05

The Dreaded Green Jacket

Every team has a post-game ritual or ceremony when it comes to singling out members of the team. When I was at Clarkson, we had a yellow hardhat that one of our teammates, Chris Brekelmans, whose family owned an excavation company, supplied and was given to the game’s hardest worker. I’ve been on teams where …

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Dec 26

‘Twas the Day After Christmas: Ode to the WJCs

Embed from Getty Images   ‘Twas the day after Christmas, and on TSN The World Juniors were starting, it was that time again; Along the bluelines, players stood with passion in their eyes, Hoping that within ten days, they’d be hoisting the prize; The pundits have bantered for weeks upon days, If we will see …

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Nov 19

NHL All-Time Mustache Team

It’s that time of the year again…  That’s right, it’s November, the month where men proudly grow and flaunt their mustaches, all in the name of raising support and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and overall men’s health.  It’s also that time of the year when you’re either beating ‘em off with a stick …

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Sep 22

Hockey as a Second Language

Learning to speak “Hockeynese” In hockey, like a lot of sports, there is a totally different language used. Just like the military has different lingo for words or phrases, the nation of hockey goes by its own dialect. The first thing that becomes immediately altered in the hockey world is everyone’s name. This is usually done …

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Sep 08

Minor League Bad Habits

Playing in the minors is hard on the body and mind. Teams often play back-to-back nights while travelling hundreds of miles between games. The pay is low, the food is bad, and team priorities are geared towards thriftiness rather than comfort for the players. Playing in such conditions often breeds bad habits. Other bad habits …

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Jul 21

10 Coolest Style Trends in Hockey

  1)  The Gretzky Tuck Wayne Gretzky, for obvious reasons, is the Godfather of cool style trends in hockey.  From the enviable lifestyle to the unbreakable records, there isn’t much this guy hasn’t done.  If Gretzky is the Cool Whip of hockey, then the “Gretzky Jersey Tuck” is the cherry on top.  A simple top …

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May 06

Welcome to the Colgate Inn

(Sample story from “Tales from the Bus Leagues”) One of the quaintest towns in central New York state is Hamilton. Hamilton lies in the Chenango Valley, just south of the headwaters of the Chenango River in Madison County. It is plush green in the summer and pristine white in the winter. The colonial houses line …

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May 04

The Legend of Gunner Garrett

(Sample story from “Tales from the Bus Leagues”) For those of you who have read my first book, I may be repeating myself a bit here. In, “So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey,” I spoke briefly about Kenneth “Gunner” Garrett, the legendary minor league trainer. Considering this, I hemmed and hawed about …

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Apr 29

Das Boot (Sample Story from “Tales from the Bus Leagues”)

  (Sample story from “Tales from the Bus Leagues”) Throughout my career at Clarkson University, I was fortunate to have access to a car. During my freshman year, I was driving a cherry red 1993 Chrysler Concorde. It wasn’t the nicest car on campus—most of the kids came from pretty wealthy families and found Hummers, …

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