Sunday, February 19, 2012

Z & Knobby's Kids...

As some of you know, if you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, I had been going Saturday mornings, to work out in the pool at the YMCA/YWCA (Y), for 8:00 a.m.

If you've been reading LwL entries, you'll also know that the pool was shut for the last few weeks, due to the pump and filter system breaking down.  Hopefully, it will reopen, soon.

With yesterday being Saturday, it also meant that my grandson Z was attending hockey practice time, that includes short games among team members.  Also, at 8:00 a.m. 

Yes, I had been once before, but with being ill off and on, I didn't go to watch again, until yesterday.  No; I'm not 100% yet, but I thought about how the season was to end in a couple of weeks, and realized that well or not, I had to force myself to go and stand/sit out in the cold to watch Z.

As you probably are aware, my daughter P has Lupus.  Being disabled, it is financially impossible to have Z play in a traditional league.  Still, he loves playing hockey.  I'm sure he inherited this trait from my family!

Believe it or not, I recall my now deceased brother Glenn crying, a couple of years or so ago.  He was shedding tears, because he was so very sad that Z could not play hockey. 

Glenn's heart was breaking, while he let me know how terrible it was that Dick Rutter's great-grandson couldn't play organized hockey. 

You see, Dick Rutter was Glenn's and my dad.  Not only was he instrumental in getting his local hockey arena built, but he coached hockey for many, many years.  He even created a video library about how to goal-tend. And, he hadn't worked alone.  My brother Glenn, coached with him.

After my dad died, Don Cherry held a memorial hockey tournament at the old Maple Leaf Gardens, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the NHL used to play. 

For 13 years after that, a memorial weekend tournament was played at the local arena, where my dad and brother coached hockey.  In fact, had my mom not requested the tournaments be cancelled or at least renamed to honour someone else, this weekend would have been the weekend of the tournament.

So, yes.  While it was nice that Z played organized hockey for one (1) year, a few years ago, it was rather sad that Z wasn't able to play hockey, for the last few years.

That's why I was so grateful that P was able to enroll Z in the Knobby's Kids league, here in Windsor, Ontario.  I praise God for this group of volunteers!

More about Knobby's Kids, tomorrow.  For today, here's some pics of my grandson, Z!

Here's Z, as he's skating.  I tried taking more shots, but most turned out blurry, because he was skating so fast!

Z, after his hockey time at Lanspeary Park, outdoor rink!

Until next time...

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