Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/02/07 at 01:32 AM ET
from the Taiwan Journal,
The swishing sound of skates on ice at Taipei Arena’s skating rink could easily induce tranquility, were it not for the accompanying thunks of hockey pucks smashing into plastic partitions, the shrill screech of a referee’s whistle, and the grunting and occasional profanity from testosterone-hyped players as their bodies crashed into the walls.
Despite the sport’s excitement, as well as its grace and dynamism, ice hockey is not a common topic of discussion in Taiwan, sometimes even among those attending games.
“I don’t really understand the rules,” said Hazel Chung as she watched the Tigers play the Raptors in the second game of a triple-header Jan. 21. Chung was present as part of a 15-member group cheering on their coworker Nick Iadenza, Raptors No. 14. “I only know when a goal has been scored,” Chung confessed, “but it’s really interesting.”
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