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Why I love to play hockey
When I was young, six or seven years of age, my mother gave me my first hockey stick(s), a pair of Fisher-Price goalie sticks. I used these to play street hockey with the older local neighbor kids in the cul-de-sac, where my buddy Eddy and I were the goalies. This was the spark of my interest in hockey, but I did not play it competitively on the ice for a few more years. In the third grade where I was already active in baseball, soccer, and basketball, I decided to learn to skate on ice and joined my friend Eddy’s in-house hockey team. Immediately it became my sport of choice, and picking it up seemed to come easy, too. I worked hard and played in the less competitive in-house level for three years when I decided to take my competitive drive into travel/club hockey. In travel hockey, a season can consist of over 60 games even at the peewee level (age 11-12). Without a passion for the sport, it can grow old and tiring, but not for me. As I grew with age, my love for the sport also grew. I enjoy playing hockey, specifically travel hockey, for several different reasons: It is an extremely quick paced competitive sport that requires hard work, being able to travel around the country playing in tournaments, and it is a gateway to many long-lasting friendships.

I love playing hockey is because it is one of the quickest paced sports in the world. Going for about 45-50 seconds a shift, a player is moving constantly the entire time stopping on their edges, spraying ice debris into the air, and using the power of their legs to burst into stride again. To keep the pace of the game at a high speed, substitutes are done on the fly or at a stoppage of play. I like the fast pace of the sport because it keeps things unpredictable and it takes chemistry to score instead of a play call design. You act upon your instincts more often then doing what you practice, giving it a quality unlike many other sports. However, like any other competitive...
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