Category Archives: Outdoor hockey

Linemate for a Lifetime

Together we blistered slapshots from every conceivable angle, fed each other for one-timers, played games of posts with a couple of other puck pals, and just lost ourselves in the fantastic frigidness of timeless, unsupervised shinny. Continue reading

Posted in Beer league hockey, Morning cup-a-joe, Outdoor hockey, Puck Sodas, Radio, Rod Langway, Washington the hockey town | 3 Comments

Cool Print Treatments of Outdoor Hockey’s Enduring Appeal

“The truth is with fickle winter weather and a lack of hockey tradition, real Maryland pond players are as far apart as Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s front teeth,” observes Candus Thomson, in her gorgeously written January 30 Baltimore Sun … Continue reading


Posted in Hockey Heroes, Hockey Towns, Media, Outdoor hockey, Print, Shinny | 7 Comments

Endless Skating

Endless Summer’ is the title of a relatively memorable American surfing culture flick from the mid-1960s. A feature-length film premised on the video below might be aptly titled ‘Endless Skating.’ A tip of the touque to our pals Andrew and Tommy, makers of the documentary Pond Hockey, for alerting us to this spectacular video shot recently in Whistler, British Columbia. These perfect skating conditions were created by a thawing rain followed by a hard freeze — or kinda just what we experienced in D.C. this week leading up to a forecast for a frigid weekend. Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sherburne, Outdoor hockey, Pond Hockey documentary, Shinny, Tommy Haines, Washington Capitals | 8 Comments

Gone Skating

Extra strong Maxwell House and an extra helping of blueberries in the hot cakes this morning, for it is the best possible morning on my calendar: the winter weekend affording a Maryland pond hockey skate with my beer league buddies. … Continue reading

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How Victory Looked and Sounded in Section 104

Posted in 2 Points, OFB, Outdoor hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 3 Comments

Gearing Up for the Winter Classic

Comcast’s Corey Masisak offered an informative and should-be-read piece on recently about the equipment-preparation side of the Winter Classic. We wanted to add in a few details from a conversation OFB had with the Capitals’ head equipment manager, Brock … Continue reading

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A Wet Winter Classic?

Would that this coming weekend’s Winter Classic had the problems much of the East Coast does this morning: too much winter wonderland. Instead, forecasts for New Years weekend in the western Pennsylvania Industrial Cesspool are calling for temps in the … Continue reading

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Global un-Warming on the Potomac

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My Inner Viking, Roused by the Arrival of Mr. Deep Freeze

The mercury must fall below 20 before I entertain any notion of donning a touque, and gloves (a real rarity) — my inner Viking won’t have it otherwise. We aren’t there yet this week, though Washington’s air early this a.m. … Continue reading

Posted in Morning cup-a-joe, Outdoor hockey, Puck Sodas, Shinny, Washington the hockey town | 4 Comments

A Sunday Skate Outdoors with the Pros

How about receiving an early Christmas card? Thanks to the Washington Capitals, we have some very seasonal images from a skate at the Sculpture Gardens Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art that a band of Caps took earlier … Continue reading

Posted in John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Outdoor hockey, Sculpture Gardens Ice Rink, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011 | 3 Comments