Posted by: michelle2005 | September 4, 2008

“A Hockey Town Family”


We are a four generation hockey family.  My siblings and I were all born in Detroit, went to school and played sports in Detroit:  “Hockey Town”.


Out of the entire family, I was the only one whose career choice had taken me beyond the borders of the USA for nearly 30 years and across four continents.  Now that I’m back in the USA it feels as if I’ve landed on a different planet.


My dad played hockey.  When my brothers came along, they were taught the sport, too.  Hockey can be a bit expensive, especially since my dad was from an immigrant family trying to make a new start.  Yet, hockey was something that was loved and enjoyed by the entire family.  The financial sacrifice well worth it.


Then my brothers had children.  They got their sons involved in hockey.  Their sons, however, took it to a whole new level with competition.  Now, two of my nephews have sons.  They, too, have their boys involved in hockey.  They are involved with the MAHA (Michigan Amateur Hockey Association).  Of course, girls have a team, too.  My niece, however, chose to play basketball.


Personally, Gov Palin’s remark that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull…”is lipstick”, was not a representation of the sportsmen like conduct I’ve seen.  It was more the opposite.  Yet, this was later said to be “a joke”.  Right! 


There was much about her speech that I found, more than a bit, distasteful.  Yet, I only wanted folks to see through the eyes of someone from “Hockey Town”.   I don’t know about other families, but at no time would I have ever compared the women in my family to pit-bulls with lipstick.  Nor, would I compare the men to pit-bulls.  These are hard working folks that desired to instill in their children good conduct, fairness and a real sense of true teamwork.  They have all been successful in reaching these goals.






PS. I even wear my autographed N.Lindstom jersey while watching the “Red Wings” games 🙂



  1. Thanks, Michelle, for saying it like it is for hockey families! My husband is a rabid hockey player/fan, but he is very polite, well-spoken and deferential. More a bunny rabbit than a pit bull!

  2. Kbassler,
    I think Gov. Palin also very polite, well-spoken and deferential. She considers herself a hockey mom, so why would she be critical of herself. One it was a joke, which was very evident and Two, she was trying to say that hockey mom’s are persistent and tenancious, which is a very good quality for someone running for VP.

    Michelle, could you please give me examples of how she was distasteful.

  3. There are numerous things I found to be distasteful. My earlier posts outline this, such as ..An Interesting “Vetting” Comparison.

    Saying you are against lobbyist…but having hired them yourself…is another thing. The RNC blaming the media for picking on her…is a decades old ploy. The reason I can say this with souch confidence, is due to the fact I was a staunch RNC supporter. As much as possible I arranged my furlough home around convention and election times.

    I was a “boots on the ground” for them type of supporter…not just finances but action.

    Do I think Gov Palin is a good mom, wife and Governor…absolutely. Do I want her for my VP…no.

    I apprecite you taking the time to read my post…and leaving a comment.

    Kindest Regards,


  4. You are a brilliant individual. This was another good topic. The way you word your topics draw the reader in.

    Today I finally spent time to go through your archives. You named your blog correctly “An Eclectic Array of Topics”

    The knowledge base you have on each topic is remarkable. My guess is that you’re either an attorney, politician or an author.

    Coming from a hockey family has certainly given you a perspective that someone like me did not have. Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us.

  5. I would also add that Gov Palin was distasteful – and impolite – when she implied that community organizers have no “real responsibilities” in her speech to the convention. Community organizers are almost certainly paid less than she was when mayor of Wasilla, and work long hours ensuring equal access to housing, jobs, education for communities which are under-represented in government and politics. Mayor Palin ensured higher taxes and greater indebtedness for the people of Wasilla.

  6. Regarding the above comment. I agree completely. Thank you for not only taking the time to read this post…but to also leave a comment.

    It’s very appreciated.

    Kindest Regards,


  7. Ken,

    Your stated that I must be in one of three career choices that you mentioned in your comment.

    It appears you were using deductive reasoning based on the posts you’ve read that I’ve written to this point. However, I prefer not to answer 🙂

    Kindest Regards,


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