Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 12/01/08 at 07:10 PM ET
This isn’t your standard tug-the-heart-strings Happy Hockey Day story, but it is the one that’s given me the biggest laugh in all my years of hockey blogging. (Just be warned: it’s a bit perverse!)
Back in October of 2003 when I started my first blog, women hockey-fan-bloggers were a rarity. In fact it was quite some time before I knew of any others out there, and this often made for some unique experiences. And sometimes unpleasant, too.
But while I’d get flamed by trolls once in a while, the vast majority of readers—male—were very nice. Like me, they enjoyed looking at hockey in the lighter-side-of way that I always preferred to write, and the emails & comments were usually pleasant and engaging.
But there was this one guy— I’ll call him “Jack”—who was a unique experience.
The deal with Jack was this: He seemed to like my blog, he was generally nice to me, and I don’t ever recall him causing problems on the website.
But Jack wasn’t too sure of what to make of a chick with a hockey blog, either.
So one day, in an attempt to combine his interests—apparently women and hockey—he came up with what he thought might be the perfect surprise. Jack decided to send me a photo of himself.
Now this might be considered simply friendly or even a bit flirtatious, and either is fine with me, but Jack decided to take it to a whole new level.
See, what Jack did was dress himself in nearly full hockey gear—shoulder pads, elbow protection, shin pads, helmet, socks—but decided to omit one rather important element: he didn’t bother to wear any clothes.
Yes, you heard that right. No jersey, no hockey pants, no “protection”. Just Jack and his padding, socks, a helmet , a stick, and a big old happy puppy grin on his face.
After the shock wore off (and I was shocked!) I’ve never stopped laughing about it. Easily the funniest/craziest thing a reader of mine has ever sent me.
God knows whatever happened to Jack, but here’s hoping he figured out a better way to pick up girls.
P.S. Hockey is a wonderful sport and I love it, and hockey blogging itself has been full of all kinds of surprises for me. I wouldn’t trade any of them.
Not even Jack.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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