As we go through a change of seasons from Summer to Fall, the sport of ice hockey in North America, Europe, and countries elsewhere, see change in activity.
I know, this summer we had the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Alberta and the 2022 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Denmark.
And the NHL wrapped up in late June. And the Canucks had a development camp in July for their young prospects.
Seriously though, there was a summer. My tan proves it.
I know many countries are gearing up to start their amateur and professional leagues, both men and women, while others have begun playing preseason or league games already.
A couple of things are clear globally in the sport of hockey: Hockey Is For Everyone and Hockey Is Everywhere.
Just in my area of British Columbia Hockey teams are eager to play or are already playing in their respective leagues.
In Trail the Trail Smoke Eaters play in the BCHL, as do the Cranbrook Bucks in Cranbrook. The Wenatchee Wild in Washington State also belong to the BCHL. All are all within driving range of a few hours.
British Columbia Hockey League exhibition games are underway.
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is very strongly represented in a two to four hour radius of Trail with the Grand Forks Border Bruins, Nelson Maple Leafs, Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Castlegar Rebels, Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Fernie Ghostriders, Golden Rockets, Kimberley Dynamiters, Columbia Valley Rockies, Spokane Braves, to name just a few.
Kootenay International Junior Hockey League preseason games are also being played to fans.
Activity is buzzing in the sport of hockey as ’tis the season.
Communities with Minor Hockey Programs will have children learning the sport and playing at different age levels.
On the streets and in more organized fashion, ball hockey will be played until the snow drops and it moves to indoor facilities and even some homes.
It will be a busy Fall and Winter for not only those that play but also watch, support, follow and record its developments as the sport carries on through the Fall, Winter, and even Spring.
After a couple of rough years with Covid-19 issues, I am looking forward to the sport of hockey to begin to recapture the positive things that I remember about playing it and rise above the problems that confront it on so many levels. That’s my wish.
Are you ready? Dare yourself to check it out where you live.