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Pond Hockey From the Cider Mill; The Way the Sport Was Meant to Be Played 12

Posted on January 01, 2010 by Todd Civin

Wobbly ankled youth's like Todd played hockey on frozen ponds long before indoor rinks were the norm.

Wobbly ankled youth's like Todd played hockey on frozen ponds long before indoor rinks were the norm.

The following is a repost of a story, I wrote in April of 2009. In honor of today’s game from Fenway Park between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, I decided to brush it off and resurrect it from the portals. I hope you enjoy. Happy New Year and Go Bruins! Todd

My daughter, Erika, and I recently spent a couple hours of Daddy/Daughter time at the Worcester Sharks hockey playoff game against the Providence Bruins. We took our seats behind the Sharks bench and waited for the singing of the National Anthem.

Before the first note of “O Say Can you see” Erika asked me if I ever played hockey. I laughed. Then I cried a bit and told her the story of my brief life on skates. Read the rest of this entry →

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