inhaling chlorine fumes at a secret, undisclosed location in dubuque, iowa with one third of odin’s hockey team while they get some relaxation time before a weekend of hockey games.
it’s become a tradition to spend new year’s day at a hockey tournament where teams are made up of players from around the region. it’s a great way for the kids to get to know other players and a perfect way to spend the first day of the new year. this year the pee wee tournament is hosted in black river falls which is about an hour away from our hometown.
odin’s team won the first game of the tournament, 2-4. a great start to 2016!
watching teams in between games about to dig into tourney fundraiser grilled steak and potatoes which we’ve learned is way better than you might expect to find in a hockey arena.
aaaand odin’s team won second game, 3-5! they’re leading tourney in wins & points. just one more game! 52 shots on goal!
whooooo! odin’s team swept the tourney send won their third game! 1-5. i’m going to guess their will be some tired kids after 3 hours of hockey.
i spy odin spying me.
no trophy, no awards – nothing but the the satisfaction of knowing they won the tournament. great job, team!
we’ll definitely be back next year.
after the games, with the crowds clearing out, odin finds a seat to watch the winter classic.
i had big plans for a photographic ending to 2015 and my 365 photo-a-day project, but alas life got in the way. i suppose it’s appropriate that i find myself ending both in a hockey arena watching odin run hockey drills 🙂
after practice, we’ll end 2015 the same as 2014, going to bed early to get up at 5:45am for early morning new year’s day hockey tournament. stay safe, ya’ll. see you on the flipside.
he’s too kind to tell them the minnesota wild is his favorite team.
just kidding! i think he likes them both equally 🙂
odin’s new hockey magnet photo arrived and it reminds me how time flies!
amusingly, i remember thinking when we enrolled him in the learn to play hockey program at our local arena when he was three ( at his request ), “oooooh, that won’t last.”