My friends are the best, even if they don’t like me; that’s what hockey’s about

I told the girls I coached, there’s no crying in hockey.

Because all of my 178 best lines are borrowed or adapted from movies. I cried a little when a friend showed up in Florida with this.

With Sorenne turning 4, and me about 40 pounds overweight because I hate the monotony of running and haven’t played hockey since I moved to Kansas in 2005, I decided something needed to be done.

Hockey equipment is about 4X more expensive in Australia. But there’s an ice rink about 15 minutes away – 105 minutes closer than the nearest rink in Kansas. So I issued a call to some old (and we’re all getting old) hockey buds in Guelph, for any leftover equipment.

This is what my friend showed up with in Florida.

Sorenne was happy.

I need to do some strategic packing, but maybe they’ll let me coach down under if I say I can outfit the entire team.

I love my friends.

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A former professor of food safety and the publisher of, Powell is passionate about food, has five daughters, and is an OK goaltender in pickup hockey. Download Doug’s CV here. Dr. Douglas Powell editor, retired professor, food safety 3/289 Annerley Rd Annerley, Queensland 4103 61478222221 I am based in Brisbane, Australia, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time