Furious, fast-paced, and frozen, hockey comes to the US!
A gift from our northern neighbors, the sport of Hocky brings the fast paced world of nonstop sport to the ice. Skates are worn, allowing incredibly fast movement as the players chase a small rubber "puck" across the ice, assaulting it with a large L-shaped stick, and then attempt to score a goal in a net not much bigger than the big guy guarding it. It's a game that is both graceful and brutal all at the same time, for 250 pounds of Quebecois zipping towards you at full skate or a slap-shot puck can get your attention like not much else.
Hence why the game includes lots of padding as well.
It's a game that's been all the rage north of the St. Lawrence for over a century. And now the Canadians' National Hockey League is moving south, with new American teams popping up in all the major northern cities, from the Boston Bruins to the New York Americans [pictutred; image from wikibooks, History of the National Hockey League]. And what a game it can be! The excitement of the Stanley Cup final can lead to many a bar-room bet (and brawl!) when the beers are flowing.
Haven't seen a game, pal? Check out the Chicago Shamrocks:
If that doesn't catch your fancy, pal, its hard to say what will.
And if watching that made you shiver, here's a drink that'll thaw you out from the inside, a good Hot Toddy:
Hot Toddy Cocktail:
[image from viroqua.coop]
Coat the inside of a mug or Irish Coffee glass with honey. Add liquor and lemon juice. On the side, steep tea in hot water. When it reaches desired strength, add to cocktail and stir. Lemon wheel, cinnamon stick, and star anise garnish optional.