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What Are You Looking Forward to in the Second Half of the Season?

12/30/2015, 5:00am PST
By Kelvin Cech

Before you roll your eyes at yet another hockey post, ‘season’ in this sense refers to the switch from falling leaves and blowing cold to rainy, overcast days en route to the new beginnings of planet Earth. Winter is half-done, that’s all I’m saying.

But hey, maybe what you’re looking forward to is more tennis posts. In that case, I’ll try not to disappoint. 

Can you tell what I’m looking forward to, by any chance?

Let’s get serious for a minute. But only a minute.

In western Canada, in a semi-private club that’s built primarily on hockey players and their families, the stretch from September until the end of December can be a little scratchy at times. There’s ups, there’s downs, and there’s a myriad of new situations encountered on a weekly basis. 

The problem is that we often focus on the negative? Why? I don’t know, stop asking me that. Maybe it’s just easier to look at what’s wrong instead of what’s right.

So with that, here’s what hockey all people people all around you are looking forward to in the second half of the 2015/16 season.

Positive Energy

Despite what sometimes happens and what’s sometimes said, everyone wants more positive vibes more often. The problem is that what might seem positive to one person is often negative to someone else. 

Case in point: ice time. People want their kids to play more, but that ice time has to come from somewhere. ’Tis enough to drive a normally well-functioning hockey coach to the point of screaming at a referee because of an illegal goalie substitution rule. 

So, if you’re looking for more positive energy, there’s an incredibly easy place to find it.


Bring it yourself. 


I want to see success. Wins. Whether it’s at the national level with 17 year-olds or on the Hockey Training Centre with 7 year-olds, I want to watch young hockey players succeed. This can come in the form of scoring a goal, making a pass or simply getting the puck out of the zone at a crucial moment. 

Victory is defined in much more than the traditional sense of wins and losses from where I’m sitting. And there’s nothing like the feeling of winning. Positive energy, remember!

The Vocal Majority on the Internet

This has nothing to do with sports.

I spend a lot of time on the internet watching cat videos and reading hilarious articles about the threat of red starbucks cups. In my daily travels around the world-wide web, unfortunately, I inevitably stumble across some less-than-cheerful content. 

It’s downright depressing and scary sometimes. In fact, your friendly neighbourhood blogger has even garnered enough interest with his official NSWCHockey Twitter account to start attracting the earth-shattering opinions of some of Twitter’s most tasteful online personas. 

That means we’re famous, right? Just ignore them, right?

Well, my brain has a hard time functioning with these types of people invading my personal online space, so in the second half of the year, I’m going to drown it all out by focussing on the good. There are wonderfully intelligent, world-changing people working online and promoting a positive space, and they’re the ones who deserve our attention. 

The takeaway for you, loyal reader? When you’re making comments on the internet, pretend your grandmother is standing over your shoulder. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t repeat to someone’s face in person. 

“But I’d say those things to someone’s face, I don’t care!” Ok then, in this case just don’t talk at all. 

So what are you looking forward to in 2016? 

…it’s more tennis posts, isn’t it? Alright, I’ll get to work. 

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