The Good Old Hockey Game

And the best game you can name is “the good old hockey game” (Stompin’ Tom Connors lyrics)

I spent some time over the Remembrance Day weekend watching the annual hockey tournament hosted at the newly built Polar Centre, St. Anthony.  A total of 13 teams participated in the 19+ and 40 years of age and older category. Over the course of several games locals and expats showcased their talents. It was truly enjoyable to relax and enjoy the love of the game. I loved watching the players race after the puck, some in their mid-60s competing with those just rolling over 40 on the ice. Quite the dynamic!

Organized tournaments help boost the local economy through hotel stays, restaurants, beverage service, gasoline purchase and other retail sales. I have to admit that stadium poutine is one I recommend. Something about the chill in the air of crisp fries, melting cheese all smothered with gravy. Yum! It’s like getting your popcorn at the movie – a must!

I hope this is the first of many recreational and minor hockey games I’ll get to watch during the course of Fall and Winter. If you are visiting the Great Northern Peninsula, why not drop by one of our local stadiums to watch our talented youth and adults take to the ice? You could rent the ice or throw some rocks at the Polar Centre, as they have a curling option. As a curling fan of more than 20-years, I hope this year I’ll get to throw my first rock this season!

Arenas are avenues for Trade Shows, Conferences and Conventions. Let’s have that chili cook-off, traditional Newfoundland cooking competition or fishing exhibition locally. We have so many opportunities to exhibit our talents on ice or off. Our arenas are one of the many places you should consider visiting when you trek rural Newfoundland & Labrador!

Live Rural NL

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North


  1. I really ejoyned reading this article. Donna is absolutely correct when talking about training and not neglecting our mind. I believe it is key that athletes train their mind to be able to cope with all the distractions that are involved with competition. When we train our mind and thoughts, we can be better equipped and in control of our emotions and behaviours when in the most pressure situations. I am a golfer so i can definitely relate to the example in the article. Golf is a totally different game from the range to the course. Some players can hit it perfectly on the range but when they get to the course they cannot hit that same shot. Some things i have worked really hard on in trying to transfer my game from the range to the course and in competition is looking into the way i practice. So when i am at the range, i make it very important to go through my whole pre-shot routine from start to finish, to simulate how i would on the course, instead of just rapid firing balls. Another important aspect is trying to stay relaxed. Golfer when they are on the range, they are relaxed and swinging away, and have no worries because they know they have another ball or several other ones to hit, but when your on the course there is just that one ball and not a wide open range, but a fairway lined with trees or water. So consequently many amateurs tense up and focus on the distractions and make a tight quick uncommitted unconfident swing, which leads to poor quality shots. There is also monitoring your self talk. You need to make sure you are saying positive things to yourself that will give you the best opportunity for you to make a confident committed golf swing. I say things to myself like you have hit this shot a million times, or you got this shot. Things that will give my confidence a boost and prevent me from focus on distractions like dont hook it into the water, or dont block it out right. So the things i try and focus on when taking my game from the practice tee on to the course in competition are focus on my routine and make sure i am relaxed and lots of positive self talk.

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