Category Archives: Hockey hearts

A Sixty-something Suddenly Gliding Gracefully on Life’s Best Edge

Can a life on blades begin at 60 (63, actually)? I am here this morning to report, emphatically, that it can. Great amusement — and inspiration — arrived early in 2013 for me when my cherished sixty-three-year-old pal Michael up … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey hearts, Ice, Mike and Marleen, Morning cup-a-joe, Shinny, Shinny in Maine, Skating, Skating Maine, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

In Maine, a Seal Team Six of Shinny Skates (and Skates!) Super Sunday

I haven’t a vocabulary to do justice to the charm intrinsic in the five and three-quarters minutes of the video below, passed on to me Monday by friends in Bauers I recently made up in Maine. It’s a time lapse … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey hearts, Hockey weather, OFB Outdoors, Old Time Hockey, Shinny, Shinny in Maine | 2 Comments

Inauguration Refugee: Long Weekending in Very Frozen America, for Coveted Hamstring Soreness

Over an extra long holiday weekend I watched a little bit of the start of the abbreviated NHL season, but mostly I spent it outside, in multiple layers, chasing pucks in the sumptuously crisp and frigid air of southern Maine. … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey hearts, Hockey weather, Ice, Mike and Marleen, pond hockey, Shinny | 5 Comments

Pride, Regret, and Questions

If we are of mixed emotions about the end of this hockey season — proud and uplifted by a Capitals team of unlikely cohesion and stunning sacrifice, but also exasperated by the frustration of banishment earlier than forecast, again — … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Front Office, George McPhee, Hockey hearts, Joel Ward, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington the cursed hockey town | 26 Comments

Matty Perreault vs. the Big, Bold Boston Bruins

The Capital who torched the Boston Bruins most this year offensively was … Mathieu Perreault? Be honest. If you had to guess the team you thought an undersized NHLer not named Martin St. Louis would get a hat trick against, … Continue reading

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Killer Chronicle: A Weekend of Fun On and Off the Ice in D.C.

Probably about two¬† months ago, reading something on this blog, I first learned of the first-ever Capitals Alumni game. I fly into town this week to participate, and I’ve been looking forward to Friday night pretty much all summer. As … Continue reading

Posted in Capitals' greats of the past, Hockey fights, Hockey hearts, Hockey Heroes, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Kevin Kaminski, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Capitalizing on Cribbage

Not all that long ago, I didn’t know what the heck cribbage was. Turns out, it’s a card game, with a whacky scoring system. According to its history, it’s long been a favorite pastime among mariners, which might explain its … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, Hockey hearts, Nova Scotia, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 2 Comments