You Know You’re A Hockey Parent When …

As the mother of two hockey-playing kids, I've had no shortage of examples over the years to prove that I'm a hockey parent. From the car that I drive to the meals we eat to how we spent our nights, weekends and holidays, almost every aspect of my life screamed "HOCKEY PARENT." 

But I wanted to open it up to the loyal followers on my Facebook page (My Kids Play Hockey author & USA Hockey Magazine columnist) to ask for their examples. Here are a few of my favorites.


You have hockey tape in your vehicle, purse and desk drawer because you never know.

- Jen Berg, Neillsville, Wis.


You refer to your child by birth year (02).

Stacy Doherty, Honey Brook, Pa.


The boot dryer is a centerpiece in your kitchen.  

Ann Martin Schaefer, LaFayette, N.Y.


When you bring your son's hockey bags car shopping to make sure they will fit.

Deanna Van Wie, Lake Delta, N.Y.


It's 90 degrees outside and you are wearing Uggs, a hoodie and a North Face jacket.

Jennifer Snyder Nicastro, Sewell, N.J.


You don't notice that horrible smell in your car until you drive a co-worker to lunch.

Cory Schwan Brosch, Oswego, N.Y.


When you have hockey blankets in your car all summer.

Amy Tinker, Virgil, N.Y.


When you know all the kids by their jersey numbers and last names before their first.

Marjie Gambill Sullivan, Syracuse, N.Y.


Your van smells like stinky hockey equipment all year long.

Michael Farnham, Minneapolis


You have a rubber chicken in your kitchen and a cowbell by your front door.

Ashley Cook, Darmouth, Nova Scotia


You write more checks to hockey related things than your "real bills."

Lauren Kochian, Syracuse, N.Y.


You're never home on Thanksgiving.

Laura Bell, Smithtown, N.Y.


There is so much gear/nets in your garage that no car will fit and you need a path to get out the door.

Melissa Davies-Newton, Syracuse, N.Y.


It's 95 degrees outside and you're wearing a sweatshirt because of summer hockey.

Chris Hig, Pittsburgh


You use your fireplace stocking hooks to hang dry equipment.

Sam Schleman, Lakewood, Ohio


You're up at 5:30 a.m., in a blizzard to drive two hours both ways for a 45-minute game, and enjoy every minute of it.

Shannon Coffin, Homer, N.Y.


You look in your wallet and it's empty.

Nazma Rosado, Carlisle, Mass.


You use your paper towel holder for hockey tape.

Becky Larson, Fort Gration, Mich.


You know the temperature of all the rinks.

Julie Kreb, North Syracuse, N.Y.


 When you find hockey pucks in their backpacks.

Wisconsin Hockey Moms


You don't see friends and family on a weekend until April.

Peter Bellendi, Fond du Lac, Wis.


You get excited in early August when the practice schedule comes out and you start filling up your calendar.

Johnny Sheppard, Scarborough, Maine


Every other sport on the planet bores you.

Kevin Duy, St. Louis  (    


When the Zamboni drivers at various rinks say hello and knows you on a first name basis.

David Markusz, Syracuse, N.Y.


When you spend more time in a hotel on weekends than you do at your own home.

Rita Treager, Latrobe, Pa.


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What's Your Favorite Thing About The Hockey Season?
Hanging out with all of my friends.
Dangle, snipe, celly!
Getting a great workout in.
All of the the above!
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