Is there such a thing as too much hockey?

Wind-Up Wednesday


This might sound like a crazy question to most living and breathing Canadians, but is there such a thing as too much hockey?

In many cases no, but in some yes.

Now don't get out the pitchforks just yet. Let me explain.

There are a couple of groups of people out there who certainly get sick of hockey. For instance, girlfriends/wives who have husbands who are absolutely obsessed with it and watch nothing but hockey all day every day, or maybe hockey parents who've had to get up at 5 a.m. every day for the past 10 years to get their kids to practice or take them to games/tournaments and then watch all of those games/tournaments plus try to find time to watch their own NHL teams play at night.

I'd like to think some of those parents get tired of hockey, too, but then again, I know lots of those parents and they still love it and live and breathe it every day.

So is it just me?

Seriously, I never thought I'd say this. Ever. But I'm hockey'd out. Completely, 100 per cent hockey'd out.

Being a sports reporter, I think I might have a bit of a different case than most people, but even then, I know a lot of pro hockey writers in Vancouver and Edmonton, and they don't seem to get hockey'd out ever. But maybe that's because they only have to cover one particular team, while I'm a multi-faceted reporter and it all falls under my umbrella; everything.

For example, I'm currently covering sports in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, which means double the coverage of a LOT of hockey teams, from minor hockey to senior hockey. That's a lot of hockey. This week and last week, for example, I'll have covered hockey games five nights in a row, back-to-back.

This means for one, I'm not home to follow any NHL hockey whatsoever for most of the week, because I'm at some rink covering a game, so I miss out on pretty much everything happening in the NHL and have to try to catch up with highlights later on which I'm usually sleeping for so I miss that, too. I'm seriously out of the loop right now.

For two, do you think after a five-day stint of covering hockey every night that I want to come home and watch more hockey? I used to, but now? No, no matter how much I love any particular team, I'm hockey'd out. I'd rather watch curling, which I did the other day! Or watch Home Alone and wrap presents and try to force hockey out of my brain.

It's at the point where at times, I mean to talk about the Senior Canucks but say Flyers instead, or write "Fort St. John Huskies" but end up writing Trackers.

I can't set my head straight.

And the real problem with all of this is when my fiancÉ's home from camp and he wants to watch his Leafs play all the time. We only have one TV, and hockey'd-out Katie doesn't want to get home from a long day of work and watch more hockey. She wants to watch America's Funniest Home Videos and laugh and watch cats falling off tables.

But I bite my tongue and let him watch his precious Leafs because it's not his fault. Actually, he works so much that he barely ever gets to watch hockey, so it's the complete opposite case of my own. But then when his game is over and the Canucks game comes on, I hand him the remote and say, "You can turn it," and he gives me a look. You know the look. The 'are you serious?' look.

And yes, I'm serious, because there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. And hockey's a good thing, but I've had too much at the moment.

So, I'm sorry Vancouver Canucks, but I'm going to have to put you on ice (ha, get it?) until I'm no longer hockey'd out.

Until then my friends, I'm off to watch Big 10 volleyball.

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