February 4, 2022

Unfortunately, no hockey tonight. 

What is more unfortunate is, because of the snow last week, I still don't have the scoresheets from last week. 

No story last week! I am sorry. 

Let's tell the story of Eric Rondeau and Greg Landry. Our fearless keepers of the law in North Smithfield. Thank you boys for everything you do. However, the FB pictures look like a donnybrook may have broken out against those who save cats out of trees. Just kidding Fire Fighters. Thank you for all you do as well. It looked like a fun game. 

I had a game on Sunday. Not that it matters. I am sure there were games on Wednesday. Burrillville had games last night. Alas, I do not write for those leagues. 

So here is a fun fact: 

Until the mid-1980s it was generally accepted that ice hockey derived from English field hockey and Indian lacrosse and was spread throughout Canada by British soldiers in the mid-1800s. Research then turned up mention of a hockeylike game, played in the early 1800s in Nova Scotia by the Mi’kmaq (Micmac) Indians, which appeared to have been heavily influenced by the Irish game of hurling; it included the use of a “hurley” (stick) and a square wooden block instead of a ball. It was probably fundamentally this game that spread throughout Canada via Scottish and Irish immigrants and the British army. The players adopted elements of field hockey, such as the “bully” (later the face-off) and “shinning” (hitting one’s opponent on the shins with the stick or playing with the stick on one “shin” or side); this evolved into an informal ice game later known as shinny or shinty. The name hockey—as the organized game came to be known—has been attributed to the French word hoquet.

So there you have it. Hitting on the shins is part of the game. I just thought Boo was being a dick. Kidding BOO, I love you buddy! 

Anyway, Stay safe all of you. Wicked Rhode featuring Mike Dussault, Jr., are playing at Badgers Pub in Pawtucket. Come on by around 8pm. Hope to see you there. 

Live, Breathe, LOVE.................................................................HOCKEY!!!