The Puck Stops Here

You just never know where Mother Goose will be next! A college hockey game, Mother Goose? Seriously?

And yes, indeed, that’s where you could find the goose last night — in attendance at a DePaul University hockey game with friends, Doug and Debbi Brooks. (Many of my faithful readers will recall that Debbi is a professional photographer.) This friendly couple have two sons, James and Steven, who are both amazing hockey players. When Mother Goose asked Debbi what position Steven plays on the DePaul team, she proudly answered that he’s on defense, number 24 — it’s the number he’s worn on his back ever since he was a little hockey mini-mite.

The evening began at the Brooks’ home with warm pulled pork sandwiches, UNBELIEVABLE scalloped taters and taffy apple salad. Just a tiny side note: Mother Goose made the taffy apple salad remembering how tasty it is and how it REALLY does taste like a caramel apple. When I was finished with the preparation of the salad, I taste-tested it. “Oh how delish!”

I was happily honking about it, when suddenly I realized that my mouth, tongue, throat, lips and nose were itching terribly…and then the remembrance came into my smallish goose brain that with the advancement of my years, I’ve developed an allergy to raw apples. HONK!

But everybody else enjoyed the salad, and the dinner was a smashing success! Off to the hockey game!

Oh! Here is another side note: Mother Goose is originally from northern Minnesota where little boys and girls learn how to ice skate before they can walk, and hockey sticks are common Christmas gifts for two year olds. If you are an old avid hockey buff, you may recognize the names of Joe and Pat Micheletti, professional hockey players in the 1970’s and 80’s. This legendary hockey family is from Hibbing where Mother Goose graduated from high school.

Please be patient — I’m really taking the long way around here, but Mother Goose played flute in the Hibbing High School Bluejacket Marching Band, and we never missed a hockey game. No, we did not march on the ice, but we did play peppy songs whilst the guys skated madly back and forth, up and down the ice. We did not even mind when our fingers stiffened up and our lips (and beaks) froze to our instruments.

I hope you’ll enjoy these pictures from last night’s DePaul hockey game — Mother Goose was completely tipped over by all the action, and could barely follow the puck as it was shot all over the rink — by the way, DePaul whupped the Illini 5-0.

Steve Brooks #24 DePaul University Hockey Team

Total hockey action

Intense hockey action

The team played really well, easily defeating the Illini

Debbi had the big guns out for this game!

The Zamboni is covered with images of food from the Peapod company. THAT’s something you don’t see everyday!

Very proud parents of defensive line player, #24.

With an easy victory under their belts, the team left the rink and changed into normal clothes. Defeating the Illini with a score of 5-0 proved once again that DePaul Hockey is a satisfying sport for the young men. Also, I’d like to say that with the NHL lock-out still on, college hockey is a GREAT alternative. They play aggressively, but they also play nice. There were no fights, and only the most minimal checks up against the boards.

Mother Goose was quite comfortable with the level of play, and easily adapted to the chill of the rink and the explosions of pucks hitting the plexiglass repeatedly.

We returned to the Brooks’ home for dessert — a beautiful and fine apple pie, vanilla ice-cream, chit-chat and steaming hot coffee.

Check out the pretty little cut outs — Debbi made this from scratch!


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 12:42:12

    Sounds like a real fun day! But when will the silly goose remember NOT to eat apples! Lol!


  2. Doug Brooks
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 13:56:10

    We truly enjoyed Mother Goose and Father Ganders visit. Dinner and chitchat among friends, especially when accompanied by adult beverages, is always fun. It was fun to hear about Mother Goose’s history at the rinks and, as she mentioned, the game was exciting. The score, 5-0, does not speak well to the competitive nature of the event. Happy to say that Mother Goose survived the baked apples and need only keep clear of the raw variety.


  3. Dianna
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 14:47:34

    Looks like a fun night! (I know nothing about hockey….) Glad “your” team won!


  4. Three Well Beings
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 21:39:57

    What a lovely time! I don’t come from hockey country, but of course, with this year’s Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup win we have finally caught on to what an exciting game it can be! Debbi’s photography is nice indeed! Good friends and a lovely evening–nothing much better than that! πŸ™‚


  5. Debbi
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 13:00:15

    I love the snow flakes you captured on #24, Natalie! Points of light out of focus are called Bola, round soft focus shapes, texture is rare! Some of us even collect our Bola in separate albums ! It was fun to see the game through the eyes of Mother Goose and Father Ganders and learn they had both been rink rats long before us!! Always nice to catch up and share time together πŸ™‚


    • Natalie
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:36:33

      Well, for gooseness sakes, Debbi — I very nearly just deleted that photo because of its bad focus and all those weird spots. Thanks for educating me in the fine art of bola — I had no clue! Wow, maybe someday when I grow up, I’ll be a really good photographer like you! πŸ™‚


  6. Roberta
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 21:05:43

    Sounds like a wonderful fun filled time! Is it possible to share your apple recipe with us..(me)? We got to pick apples recently.. and sorry to hear of your allergic reaction…


  7. Teresa Dawn
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 22:37:13

    Sounds like a fun night and I feel very sorry for you being allergic to apples! In the mean time, where’s the recipe for us?
    One tiny mind-blowing correction πŸ˜‰ That’s not a Zamboni! It’s actually an Olympia :p Yep…. I just know this stuff… (But I’m Canadian where we sleep, eat, live and breathe on skates and you know, Practically grew up on the ice and now I work in a hockey rink… so I have to be picky about things like that πŸ˜‰ )


    • Natalie
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:21:30

      Teresa Dawn, THANK YOU so much for that correction on the ice cleaning equipment! I had no idea there was an Olympia — I’m such a goose — I learn something new everyday. Of course, now I’ll have to go and google what the difference is…


  8. Teresa Dawn
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:38:05

    Natalie, In terms of cars, an Olympia would be an automatic and a zam would be a standard πŸ™‚ Mostly. But the main difference is brand name haha. Zamboni is a brand name that makes… Zambonis πŸ™‚ Olympia makes… Olympias. We have one of each at my rink. I’m too scared to try driving either so I don’t haha!. If unsure… they are both technically called “Ice Resurfacers” and they do the same thing πŸ˜‰
    However, most people just call them all Zamboni even though it’s not correct because it’s the term they know. And thanks for posting the salad recipe!!!


  9. Teresa Dawn
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:39:26 (There’s a great side by side picture so you can see the difference πŸ™‚ )


    • Natalie
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:57:40

      Well my gooseness, Teresa Dawn, you DO know your ice resurfacers — thank you so much for the information! I think that it’s maybe time for you to overcome your fear of driving them though. I nearly leaped aboard the Olympia as he nearly ran me over on Saturday evening! I think it’d be such fun to drive!


  10. Teresa Dawn
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 13:00:57

    Haha, yes funny isn’t it, seeing as how I had to get a friend to tell me what kind of car I drove (after I’d had it for many years). He asked me when I first met him which car was mine and I was like “Ummm… small red one in the parking lot… I dunno the type.” haha. And yet I can tell these machine’s apart so much easier… I think the rink has rubbed off on me. But yeah, they just look so… big! I’m afraid I’d go straight through the boards or something not being able to turn it loL! And I’m pretty short… don’t think I’d be able to see over the top! Yep, the thought of driving it actually terrifies me haha! I’ve ridden on the side, but never driven it myself haha


    • Natalie
      Oct 16, 2012 @ 13:05:49

      You’ve ridden on the side? Oh I want to ride on the side of a Zamboni, or an Olympia — wouldn’t that make a fun story for Mother Goose? πŸ˜€


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