You could call it the battle cry of the Great White North....a "recall to arms" so to speak.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term its a part of street hockey venacular; when ones street hockey game is interrupted by incoming traffic the correct procedure is thus.....
First one to spot the vehicle shouts "CAR".... which is promplty(?) followed by dragging the nets to a safe spot on the roadside. Once the tansport has safely passed and the nets are back in place the player who picked up the ball yells "GAME ON!"
And it is.
I cannot tell you how many times I uttered those words growing up. Here in the Great White North hockey is not restricted to the winter seasons...
Street hockey is a part of every canucks past, as much a part of Canadian history as Tim Hortons, Maple Syrup and well, hockey itself! While the second amendment in the American Bill of Rights states "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" if you replace "militia" with "team", "security of a free state" to "the sanity of all hockey Moms" and "arms" with "sticks" you have some idea what it means to this country.
During the summer while the blades slept I spent many a afternoon tending net on Hunterview Cres; the pads still in storage and in their place an old blocker, baseball glove (drove my mom NUTS lol) and last years stick. No mask to speak of, no leg pads to protect the shins......man even the cup stayed in the bag.
Yes there ARE obvious dangers of playing ANYTHING in the street but in all those years of pounding the pavement our biggest fears were sewer grates and neighbourhood dogs! The sight of 10 angry kids hot on the tail of Rusty the lab was a common sight in our neighbourhood.
But we had a ball, two nets and some sticks.
Life couldnt get any better.
Well it seems not ALL of us agree with the importance of carrying on this tradition.
A bylaw proposal issued last week to Cole Harbour N.S. city council touched on several items that had drawn the ire of citizens including the burning of garbage and "anything that could impede traffic or threaten the safety of children".
Many residents interpreted this to read "street hockey"
While council members backpedaled, stating "It's somewhat of a technicality and a misunderstanding because the bylaw wording was so vague and general, somebody suggested it could actually include (street hockey)" concerned citizens rallied around their childrens "right to bear sticks".
You see Cole Harbour is not the first to try to sneak this type of legislation thru....two years ago the town of Rothesay, N.B tried to "ban the game"..... that was until former NHL great and Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr spoke out against the proposal. His high profile brought nationwide exposure to the issue and soon town officials were pressured to changed the bylaw to include a clause forbidding "impediment of traffic", rather than a ban on street hockey.
There have been OTHER instances too....In 2000, former Vancouver Canucks' tough guy Dave (Tiger) Williams offered to pay the legal fees for a Port Coquitlam couple threatened with a court injunction that would have prohibited their sons from playing in front of their home. Heck even the "Boys in Blue" in Cowtown can get into the spirit....when a man called to complain about a game going on in the street he was dumbfounded when, rather than break up the game, responding officers picked up some sticks and joined right in! Only in Canada would that be the lead story on the evening news!
Well Cole Harbor is no exception, not while former resident and current NHL rookie of the year candidate Sidney Crosby is around. When informed of the attempted game stoppage by his mother he promptly fired off an E-mail to Mayor Peter Kelly, asking council to reject the "vaguely worded proposal" that could mean "GAME OVER"!
Crosby recalled growing up in the town 15 minutes east of Halifax..... he "fondly recalled shooting pucks as a boy in his neighbourhood"
"It was just something he enjoyed doing as a youngster," his mother, Trina Crosby, said in an interview Monday. "He just wanted to share some memories."
Mayor Kelly has since said the proposed bylaw was a mistake and the region's staff has already taken a second look at the wording.
You see, up here in THE GREAT WHITE NORTH, street hockey is not only a tradition carried on by millions of kids each year its so embedded in the fabric of our societies history.....
you could almost call it a birthright!
and "good on ya" Sidney!
30 Pick 'em up!.
wow this is the best. i can't believe it
Dont ya just miss Nanza
I used to come here and see lots of messages from her........but no more
re: your visit to my journal...........Did you live in the UK then??
Pssst! I think that Billy thing might be a conspiracy! Keep your eyes peeled and your ears up!
Hi! I had to sneak upstairs to have a smoke, so thought I'd spend the time reading thru the comments here
This is my fav place to come & bide my time on my smoke breaks!
Hope you have a terrific weekend Wil
This post brought back memories of me playing "Indian Ball" on my granfather's street when I was little. We were lucky it was a one way street and we only had to watch...ONE WAY..lol
I learned something kind of interesting today, Cap'n. You remember me telling you when we were first getting acquainted how my two maternal great-grandmothers were both Canadian, one from Quebec and one from Nova Scotia? Well, my son's boss is from Newfoundland and I got to talking to him about Nova Scotia yesterday. When he found out the name of the town my Nova Scotian g-gm came from, he told me he's been there! AND when he found out what her maiden name was HE said HE has family with the same last name!! Now, wouldn't that be wild if he and I were related somehow?!? Also, I had to go on Google today to look up some phone numbers and addresses for some companies in Ontario for him today so I was thinking about you as I was tippy-tapping on my keyboard! Have yourself a GREAT weekend, Cap'n...I'll do the same. I have a longtime friend (we've known each other since we were 13) coming over to spend the day with me tomorrow. I finally got smart and took the entire day off...can you believe it?! I am pooped and I admit it, hahaha!
Apparently Sidney has the flu too; he's missing his first game tonight. Makes sense why he didn't get as much ice time as usual last night and he didn't seem to be playing at 100% for the first time. heh.
My dad brought me some chinese food for dinner - really didn't want anything but I figured I better eat while I still have some appetite. I even ate the egg roll - I *hate* egg rolls!
I took a three and a half hour nap this afternoon and I felt better for a while but I'm starting to feel yucky again. I think I'll spend my weekend sleeping! No fun rally for me. If it was going to be warmer Saturday I'd go anyway but it's going to be cold and snowing and I don't want to end up in the hospital. Then what good would I be to my Pens?
The snoring didn't keep me awake last nite, but I think all those GROUP NAPS I've been getting lately has made me a little restless at nite
Posted by Susan:
ya know... I never played street hockey... but then I grew up out in the boonies where the roads were gravel and everybodys front yard was about 2 acres of flat land and the back yard was about a hundred and fourty acres, so we played hockey amongst the corn stalks or rows of newly sprouted potatoes and sometimes even in someones front yard... we just called it ball hockey, I do see the reason though for street hockey!
Thanks so much for the great advice!
Oh, wait, you never gave me any... oh, well, lets blame DG!
Posted by Cathi:
Oh yeah, there will always be killjoys. Back in my glorious GTA days (for the uninitiated that's Greater Toronto Area), Mississauga tried to ban it. Didn't work, but I have to admit I was almost on their side (but not completely, lol) because the attitudes there quite frankly stink. More often than not I was sworn at and had sticks banged on my car and I waited patiently for the charming children to move out of the way. Spitting was a great accompaniment too. Now, the other side of the coin. I liked on the bottom of a "u" shaped street. Supposedly quiet except for the people that would turn the corner and floor it in their cars or motorcycles. I feared for those kids lives, I really did. Anyway I'm not there now and the kids that bothered me are all in high school or university now (at least I hope so). Here in the wonders of the Nation's Capital last year was a wonderful outdoor rink that was set up by neighbours in a little green space behind some houses. It was really nice, it had lights (compliments of the houses) and was well watered and tendered even had benches I think. Anyway the NCC decided it was an insurance risk or something and so long to neighbourhood rink. :(
At least in my little town all of these things are still allowed, including the snowmobiles that go up and down my street :D
You go Sidney.....Honestly as a self proclamed hockey widow... I see the joy my husband has when hes playing the game.. FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT!!!!!!!
Just stopping in for a moment to wish you a good day, Cap'n. I'm working 2 jobs at the moment, plus dealing with a lot of side effects from the drug therapy I'm taking...nausea and headaches. I told someone today I feel like I have constant Morning Sickness at the age of 52, haha! I'm coping...just not finding much online time. But I wanted to come by and thank you for your very kind comment...take care, my friend, and don't forget to smile.
Sounds like a wonderful time Wil! And a wonderful birthright! Replace the word hockey with softball & it was me in the streets playing with my buds!
DOWN with those kinds of proposals! Don't they know by now!!??
LOL about your bro in law clearing out the cabin except for your sister
OMG, my folks & aunt & uncle used to vacation together & SHARE motel rooms & I KNOW they had to bring the ceilings down with all the snoring that had to go on at nite!
Take care, & forever ... ON WITH THE GAME
Posted by Kati:
Yep, Reccs is an awesome player. He's in my top 5 favorites. Love him!
I'm an honorary Canuck now?! YAY!
I'll see what I can do about that pic; I have to decide which toque looks cutest on me first though. lol
Oh wow...I love this post!!! I remember that whole hoopla surrounding the Port Coquitlam thing. we grew up on an awesome cul de sac where we played EVERYTHING in the street. Kick the can, tag, hide and seek...and of course, street hockey!!
Excellent job by Sidney to use his name to help preserve a Canadian tradition! And GAME ON!!!!!!!
Oh...and I am so in for the wobblies at sun peaks...but we'll take turns buying!
gonna try this again... *crossing fingers*
You know, I just might have some Canuck in me, if not then I should! I grew up playing street hockey with my brother and his teammates. We played "hall hockey" in the hotels when we were traveling for tournies, deck hockey at home, we played in the basement... we basically just played hockey whenever we could, wherever we could. And yes, we had those little tabletop sets for times when space was limited! At resturants after games we'd fold up napkins for pucks and rig up some straws for nets. Waitresses just loooved us!
Good for Sidney for standing up for street hockey! No kid, especially in the Great White North, should ever have to grow up not knowing the joys of street hockey!