December delivers a parade of lifestyle options for an eight day period of no games, no practices, no trades, and no obligations (for on ice matters).
It’s called the holiday break. It’s much desired.
At the moment, the Silvertips carry first place in the U.S. Division and are one point behind top record in the entire league: for Snohomish County, a warming holiday reality.
The mind settles, the body relaxes. On our last Hockey Show on Tuesday before the Christmas and New Year holiday, Brian King said he’s sleeping in a little more (as a part of the 99 and 00-born group, it means no early morning school commitments). Kevin Constantine, out with family to the San Juan Islands, takes mind-unwinding walks or could be chopping wood at the moment.
The front office has departed until boxing day, meaning yours truly files this blog from the comforts of kitchen, whilst snow layers on the crisp evergreens and grass outside in the backyard (I’ll stop before this begins to sound more like the opening scene to a Hallmark Movie).
NHL Network is on the tube at times (yes, two-year old Lukas has already begun to request it). But you need some “downtime.” The flicks, as you may relate to, are an ideal way to soak in the time. Ranked below, as from this side of the computer screen:
(Don’t judge) …
- White Christmas
- Christmas Vacation (National Lampoon)
- Home Alone 2
- Home Alone, the original
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Miracle on 34th Street
- The Santa Clause
- Christmas Story
- Holiday Inn
- Muppet Christmas Carol
World Junior Championships featuring Hart + Juulsen ramp up on Boxing Day, and the first place Tips starring Bajkov, Fonteyne, Petit, Davis, et al are back to action the next evening in Langley, BC.
(And, for you Hockey Show friends … we’re back at Sporty’s on Jan. 3).
Until then, don’t let the egg nog or your spirits go bad. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton is in his second season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 12th in the game. Tweet at him here.