Saturday, 6 February 2016

Goalie

Grandson Isaac started skating and learning to play ice hockey three months ago, and today when the coach asked "Who wants to be the goalie?" Isaac's hand went up immediately.... "Me!" He is certainly full of heart and enthusiasm, in spite of the lack of skating skills .
So it was on with the goalie pads, and the huge gloves, and the chest protectors and the oversized goalie stick, and onto the ice. He immediately fell over and flailed about under all that padding unable to get up on his own steam. But he eventually managed and after a couple of circuits of the rink he got used to it. Some quick lessons from the coach, and then he was ready to take his place in goal.

Number 5, dark jersey, green stripes, far left of the pack. These young hockey players are all in their first year, ages 6-8.
Isaac on the left in dark jersey with green stripes. It's really hard to skate inside all that equipment, especially when you have short legs.

Learning some vital goalie moves from the coach, how to block the puck with your pads, how to use the goalie stick with your right hand, while ready to catch the puck with your left hand.

And action on the ice. What a brave goalie. I predict a brilliant future!

14 comments:

Marie Smith said...

A Canadian moment! What great pictures of the first day in goal. Well done!

Elephant's Child said...

Awwww.
This is sooooo alien to me. We rarely see snow in my city, and never see ice hockey. That gear looks so cumbersome - particularly for the currently height challenged.

Lowell said...

Good going, Isaac! You're gonna make a great goalie! That's a tough job, so you must be one very tough kid! Look good in pads, too.

Re: your question on Ocala: the said grasshopper was about 4 inches long. I'd never seen one like that and it didn't move no matter how close I got to it. The next morning, though, it was gone.

Anvilcloud said...

They're so cute, but in they're minds they're Giants.

Giga said...

Looking at his grandson and other children learning to play hockey. I am not surprised that your country has a strong track record in the sport. Regards.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I cannot believe he is playing Ice Hockey already....WOW!!!!

Angela said...

Wonderful to see that they are careful about safety and the players are dressed for safety. I have never seen in person a Hockey game. It is good for kids to be involved in sports.

LL Cool Joe said...

He looks determined and that's half the battle. My partner plays every week, but on grass, not ice hockey. :D

EG CameraGirl said...

Gosh, he's way braver than I would be!

Jono said...

I know how they are about hockey on your side of the border. I thought the first picture was a Canadian prayer meeting.
Just kidding. Isaac will be awesome!

Wendy said...

My kids played hockey when they were boys (my son still does at 37!). But now it's the grandkids I go to watch. I just love watching them a they learn to skate, shoot the puck, and sometimes pass when they think of it. Much more entertaining than Professional Hockey in my opinion.

Your little guy is brave to take on the position of goalie! They look dwarfed with all that heavy equipment too!

Go Isaac Go!!

Tomoko said...

Looks exciting. Your grandson is a great boy.I enjoyed watching the game and I can see you bundled up cheering to the players!
Have a happy day,Shammic.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Congratulations to grandson Isaac!!

madretz said...

Goalies are the best!! Jimmy's been a goalie for 20 years.