If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed over the last few days I’ve been looking for a home to write about hockey. After chatting with fellow fans and other bloggers, I was encouraged to start up my own blog, alas Two For Cross Checking. I wanted to write this post to tell you all a bit about myself before I start spewing out my thoughts on the Oilers and the NHL, and you all collectively start to hate on me for those ideas, Oilers fans would never do that haha.
My name is Paige, and I’m a die hard hockey fan. I think that’s one of the reasons I can’t find a boyfriend because every time I go on a date I scare them with my passion for the game, which they seem to lack, that’s a deal breaker by the way.
My Dad coached hockey in the city, and I spent a lot of my childhood in the rink around his teams. His claims to fame? He coached Gary Valk and was super pissed when Jay Bouwmeester was picked for Team Brick over one of his boys. Once I could walk I was enrolled in skating lessons, like most Canadians, and my parents let me lay on the ice crying until eventually I got up and learned how to skate. I was a frequent flyer at the out door rink growing up.
My life is so tied to hockey that in 2002 I attended the Gretzky and Friends golf tournament simply to see Wayne Gretzky in person. While standing around one of the greens, Bernie Nicholls called me up to putt for him. My parents don’t golf, and I had never touched a golf club before that moment but felt the need to try it out after that. I was told I was a natural and stuck with it, eight years later it took me all the way to Kansas on a golf scholarship.
There was a youth hockey league that gave kids the chance to try hitting the ice where soccer seemed to dominate youth sports. I joined on as a volunteer coach and had my parents mail me my skates so I could help teach the game I love in south west Kansas.
This past January I interned with the Kelowna Rockets where I learned that I not only enjoy chatting about hockey, but I dig writing about it. By the way that was the absolute dream job right there! Who doesn’t love writing content and living at the rink? If you’re wondering what my current “day job” is, I’m a copy writer, so you could say I really enjoy writing.
So without further ado, I’m your latest blogger to join the writing for hockey ranks! I look forward to chatting with you all about hockey and the Oilers!