In case you’re from another planet and were somehow unaware, here’s a well know fact: in Canada, people eat, breath, sleep and dream hockey. It’s empreigned into our culture and has been for generations. Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, whether it was Danny Gallivan, René Lecavalier or Bob Cole, we were glued to the TV screen watching the game that we all loved and before us, our ancestors were gathering around the old radio doing the same. Most of us have spent time in cold hockey rinks at 6:00 am, with a cup of “Timmies” (Tim Horton coffee), getting ready to get on the ice or watching our kid(s) or grandkid(s) strap on the helmet to chase that little black puck around the ice surface. And guess what? We wouldn’t change a thing about it.
With this rich history, even our language has been affected over the years. Hockey has left its mark on our day to day more than we would like to admit. New expressions were formed, some funny, others became bumper stickers and printing material. Next time you are looking at getting a mug or a t-shirt done up, have a look at the following list. You might find a couple that you use(d) or that you will want to use in the future.
Give blood. Play hockey.
Hockey: Making dentists rich since 1875.
Four out of five dentists recommend hockey.
Fire in my heart and ice in my veins.
Hockey: The coolest game on earth.
Don’t go through life without goals.
Goalies: Our goal is to deny yours.
I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.
Seven days without hockey makes one weak.
My kid cross checked your honour student.
Hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records.
Driver carries no cash – kids play hockey.
Hockey: Just add ice.
If hockey was easy, they’d call it soccer.
My drinking team has a hockey problem.
Hockey: You can’t run out of bounce.
I’d slap that.
Cross checking: It’s how I hug.
My hockey Mom beat up your soccer Mom.
Shut your five hole.
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hockey Disorder.
Kiss my ice.
My Cup size is Stanley.
If you think my attitude stinks, you should smell my hockey bag.