Category Archives: Shinny

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

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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

New Ice Rink Coming to DC

NHL players aren’t skating — but that shouldn’t stop ?you ?from lacing up. Canal Park @ Navy Yard will debut its new ice rink on November 16. More info available at Prince of Petworth or the Canal Park website. Continue reading

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The Curse of Cute Hockey Strikes Again

It is a dangerous thing in playoff hockey, to be an expected winner and to be winning narrowly and to have golden opportunities to vanquish a weary underdog opponent but fail to do so. An underdog in hockey often gains … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, John Carlson, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Shinny, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 16 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

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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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The Matty Diaries, Part II: A Hockey Mom Reacts to the Sight of Her NHL-Battered Son

[OFB Note: In installment II of the Matty Diaries our favorite shinny star takes us through the Winter Classic-threatening hit he endured at the shoulder of Carolina’s Tim Glaeson last Sunday — including the reaction to his badly battered appearance … Continue reading

Posted in Carolina Hurricanes, Mathieu Perreault, National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguins, Shinny, The Matty Diaries, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 4 Comments

Battered Matty, Ready for Winter Classic Duty

Most Capitals wore eyeblack for Wednesday’s outdoor practice at Chevy Chase Country Club, under a brilliantly crisp and clear winter afternoon sun, but Mathieu Perreault didn’t have to; he had unnatural eyeblack below both eyes from a badly broken nose. … Continue reading

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