Did you know last weekend was officially "Hockey Weekend Across America?" Neither did we, but it just so happened that we packed the weekend full of hockey anyway.
First, we went to the Sharks game on Thursday against the Washington Capitals. The Sharks won 3-2.
Pre-game warm up.
L: My favorite SJ Sharks player, Douglas Murray. R: Jeff (with his parents in the background) at the game.
(I'm a sucker for a big defenseman. I married one, after all.)
A view of The Tank from our seats.
This is the Shark head that gets lowered onto the ice at the beginning of each game. The players skate out onto the ice through the mouth.
After the Sharks game, Jeff went to play in his own hockey game with his old team, the San Jose Scorpions. The rink was freezing. My tolerance for cold weather has gone out the window, that's for sure. The Scorpions won 9-3.
Sorry, not as many photos of Jeff's game. My hands were freezing and I didn't want to move away from the heater.
As if that wasn't enough hockey, we flew to Las Vegas on Friday for the Sin City Shootout Street Hockey Tournament. Jeff has been going for a few years in a row now. His team won their division and they got a big, shiny trophy. It was fun catching up with his teammates who we only see once a year at this tournament.
Street hockey (a.k.a. ball hockey) is played on sport court; the players run instead of wearing skates or roller blades.
The So Cal Chiefs, Division B Champs of the tournament.
That's Jeff, number 96.
Apparently victory tastes like Newcastle beer (the team drank it out of their trophy).
For us, there can never be too much of this sport. This was Jeff's second tournament in as many weekends and if there was time for another, he'd sign up for that too. You've heard us say it before and we'll say it again: we miss hockey.
One thing I definitely don't miss, however, is hockey smell. If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider yourself very lucky. Props to the hockey moms, wives, girlfriends and equipment managers of the world who have to deal with airing out stinky hockey equipment after hockey games.