Home this evening? Invest an hour or so and watch this documentary about outdoor hockey, which centers around an adult pond hockey tournament in Minnesota.
I spent a lot of time around ice hockey when I was growing up, and although as an eight-year-old girl I kind of loathed it, I've since developed a real appreciation for the game. At least once a day someone asks if Andre is going to be a linebacker, but the truth is that I plan to get him onto skates as soon as I can. I think hockey is a great sport -- especially for boys -- on many levels. It takes physical and mental agility to play, not to mention finesse to do it all on skates. It's a very social game as well.
One aspect that I feel is overlooked is the calming effect hockey has on its players. I grew up knowing a lot of guys who played hockey, and none of them were ever spazzes off the ice. The sport has a way of burning off the excessive energy that plagues boys. I'll spare you my diatribe about ADHD -- which I think it totally over diagnosed and likely not as pervasive as drug companies and child psychologists would have you believe. I do think there's much to be said about the calmness the men in this film have and their love of hockey.