Thursday, December 26, 2013

Our Version of Hawkey

In 2010 when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup I promised myself that the next time they won I would learn to play hockey.  I'm think I also promised myself a pair of in-line skates.

So, in 2013 when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup again I immediately said I would have to learn to play the game.

I'm here to tell you now that it is not a cheap game to play.  With everything else going on in my life I just don't have the time or money to do this.

I started looking around to see how we could play hockey without actually learning to skate and all the other expense.  I hit upon Knee Hockey, and I still want to set some things up so we can play that.  It will be a good indoor activity in the winter.

In the meantime I came up with something based on some web searches I did.  I took the lid of a cardboard box and a plastic coathanger.  I marked lines on the lid, cut goal holes and cut down the hanger into sticks.

Using a quarter or nickel works great.  We haven't decided which one we prefer.

We start by placing the coin in the center and tapping sticks three times.  There are few rules:

  1. If a play knocks the coin out of play the other player gets a penalty shot from the redline (open goal).
  2. If a player plays the coin when it is behind the other player's blue line that player gets a penalty shot.
  3. No fingers
  4. Play nice.
It has been loads of fun.  I think it is actually more fun than air hockey because there seems to be less random whacking at the puck, and the bluelines add more hockey-ness to it.

My only regret is that it is only for two players.


Anonymous said...

Clever as ever, you are, Bill. Nice idea. My only concern is the wear and tear on your back; because it is down at your knees. Can't you put it up on the table and sit on chairs and play? Of course, I do have a few years on you and the aches and pains show up faster on my older body. But it's a thought! Love, Auntie Char xoxoxoxoxo

Inner Prop said...

The one shown in the picture is a tabletop version.

Knee hockey is different. That's played on carpet and you don't move around on your knees much. Of it were a problem I suppose you could wear knee pads. The stocks for that version are a bit longer. They're typically about 18 inches long.