Pond Hockey Alumnus
John Hartig: I played for 4 months, not long, but enough to earn a spot, as a pond hockey alumnus, at the West Hill Bar and Grill for a pizza and beer every week. I was never a hot-shot on the ice, and Peter forgave me for falling 4 times the first time I tried out, so that play had to stop. I hadn't been on skates for 25 years before that. Over the past few years, I enjoyed just coming out watching the occasional game and going for pizza afterwards and hearing the guys talk either sports or politics. Maybe we will solve world peace yet!
I hope this turns out to be a lovely web page with a nice list of all the companiable people still playing senior pond hockey..
Peter Funk: Hockey has been one of my favourite sports to play. I didn,t even own a pair of skates until I was about 12 yrs old, after coming to Ontario, from Northern Alberta. Moving around in those years with my family and coming to Thorold was where I soon began playing at the Minor hockey level. Here I found something that I really enjoyed.
After high school I began playing in the city’s Sportsmans league. When the new arena opened in Jordan, an Oldtimers league was formed by Al Kellog. I played in this league for many years. At this time my own boys started playing hockey and so I began a coaching career . I was coaching my own sons and then later my grandsons. Many a Friday evening was spent playing hockey at the old Garden City Arena in St.Catharines During this time a Church league was formed in Beamsville which was quite a competitive league and there I was able to play along with my sons and later coached our Church team. Now I go to watch my Great-grandsons play hockey but I’m not involved in the coaching anymore. Toward the end of my years as a coach in the Jordan Minor Hockey Organization, I was awarded the “Coach of the year” trophy. This was very humbling.
Playing Pond Hockey has been fun for me. I am greatful for the effort and time Peter Goehle has put into organizing this program for us. I enjoy the camaraderie and it gets me the exercise I need at this age...I’ll be 83 this fall! I did have a little blip just at the end of last season when I had a heart attack while playing. But 4 stents later and with some time off in the summer and an exercise program, the Doctor gave me the okay to come back in September.
I think it's important to keep exercising regularly in some kind of activity and doing something one enjoys, as long as one is able. I thank God for giving me this opportunity and health to play in the Pond Hockey League.
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