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Hey folks. I’m a transplanted rural Manitoban (Go Jets Go) who grew up playing hockey in some outdoor and some indoor prairie rinks at 40 below.  I gave up playing the game following my major bantam year due to my admittedly diminutive size and my proficiency at the other prairie Winter sport – curling.  In curling, I got to win stuff (like clock radios and ratchet sets) without getting hammered into the boards by a kid twice my size.  My final season’s claim to fame was playing against another diminutive, yet highly successful Manitoba native by the name of Theoren Fleury.  The young Master Fleury managed to score 8 goals against my team in one game, but at least I can say I was on the ice with him.

Fast forward about 15 years to when I put my son “the Boy” on the ice for the first time. He took to it like a fish to water. Simple skating lessons would not be enough.  He would have a stick in his hands at four years old.  His sister “the Devil” would follow in his skate-strides a few years later.  My life as a Hockey Dad was born and I have never looked back or regretted a moment of it.  Nor has my Hockey Mom who’s taken this journey right beside me.

Having amassed a boatload of stories, along with living an ongoing minor hockey saga with my now teenage players, I decided to start recording some of our past and present adventures.  Many provide the basis for mostly positive life lessons we’ve taught and learned.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed living and now telling them.  To this day, my favourite time is spent watching my kids play a game; exulting in their victories and sometimes agonizing their defeats.  Canada’s favourite pastime has served and shaped our family well, as I’m sure it has so many others.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2013 1:53 pm

    Hello Mr. Riddall!

    I love your blog! My name is Stephanie Stronell and I am a researcher with Frantic Films in Toronto. We are currently casting for a show about passionate hockey parents and after reading your blog, I would love to speak with you directly and provide you with more details about the show and perhaps pique your curiosity to become involved with it!! Please email me at: sstronell@franticfilms.com whenever it is most convenient. I will look forward to hearing from you!

    Regards,

    Stephanie

  2. May 6, 2013 12:59 pm

    You are right, it is bold title!

    If you want to review it, I’d like to send you an e-copy.

    Best regards, Todd Millar [Author, Moron: the behind the scenes story of minor hockey]

  3. November 23, 2015 10:33 am

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