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11-10-2009, 09:47 AM
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I coach, ref, and play. The amount of time consumption of hockey in our family is extensive.

And it isn't just me giving up time, it is the whole family. Sometimes I will have to ref until late on a Saturday, get home at 1:00 AM, then turn around and be up at 5:45 AM to drive him to a 6:30 practice.

Sometimes he will have practice or a game on a Sunday, and there isn't enough time to go home so the whole family will actually come watch me ref.

Sometimes economics plays into it where you have to sacrifice. This year, with new skates, registration, new stick, other equipment and everything else going on, I decided not to play to ensure that he could get everything he needed to play this year, go to hockey camp, and register.

My wife laughed at the beginning of the season and updated her Facebook status. "Goodbye weekends, hello hockey season."

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