Monday, September 1, 2008

Locker Room Language

*Capitals locker room signs by DDI Signs.

So today my hockey boys made the big jump into middle school. They spent much of the summer in various hockey camps and finished the last one last Thursday. This particular session combined players of all ages and they were in the locker room with many of the Bantam (13 & 14-year old players).

And so begins the age of inappropriate locker room talk about "hot chicks", smelly bodily functions and lots of other ridiculous topics that make the guys from the movie Dumb and Dumber look like Albert Einstein. If there are no coaches or dads present, the raging hormones of pre-teen boys take over and the conversation tends to spiral downward quickly. Of course my guys think everything they hear in the sacred, stinky depths of the locker room is so hilarious that they have to rush home and share the jokes with Hockey Mom (who then proceeds to stick her fingers in her ears and go "LA LA LA LA" until said conversation comes to an end). I've come up with a rule for my hockey boys - what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. And just because you hear something in the locker room doesn't make it true (or funny). There are some things that just don't bear repeating outside the inner confines of the boys' locker room...

That said, HM would like to be a fly on the wall inside the Capital's locker room (though I'd probably have to plug my ears in there too) - especially to catch the buzz on this upcoming season. The great news is that with the exception of goalie Jose Theodore, most of guys in the Cap's locker room are returning players and share a tremendous camaraderie. We hope to see captain Chris Clark back from injury and contributing to the locker room ruckus and on the ice in a few weeks!

Speaking of camaraderie, for any of you hockey players always on the lookout for a pickup game, HM just got wind of a really cool site: This site lets you search for or organize pickup games from the convenience of your computer without driving from rink to rink. Look for more cities to be added to this site soon and remember - as so eloquently stated in the movie Mystery, Alaska - "what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room!"

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