I’m a puck hog!
Well, not in the way you might think, if you’re hockey player. For those of you who don’t play hockey, a puck hog is usually defined as someone who won’t pass the puck. A puck hog likes to keep the puck to themselves as much as possible, which isn’t much fun for their teammates, nor is it usually very productive for the team.
That’s not me. And mostly because I’m not really good enough to be a puck hog in that sense!
I’m a puck hog in that I’ve begun to collect signed hockey pucks. Not to speculate or sell or to try and make a profit, but just because. For one thing, pucks are a work of art, with logos as colourful and creative and varied as any other type of art. For another, I like to support my favourite teams and my favourite players, and this is one way to do it.
I don’t collect pucks from just any team, nor rarely do I collect pucks signed by pro players. I make an exception for Owen Sound Attack alumni who go on to play professionally, and I like to collect signed pucks of other amateur players who play in the Ontario Hockey League and are fun to watch.
But more than anything, I’m an Attack fan, and this is where my loyalty lies. The Attack is an OHL team made up of sixteen to twenty-year-old amateur players, some of whom are only a step or two away from turning pro. They’re eager, they’re good, they’re dedicated, and generally they are the nicest bunch of kids you’ll meet.
So I’ll keep collecting my pucks, which is a lot cheaper than collecting signed jerseys by the way. Oh, and what do you think of the cool handcrafted maple puck racks my dad makes?