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16 // DECEMBER 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM ILLUSTRATION BY Darren Gygi BEH I N D T HE G L A SS THE HOCKEY MOM Hockey game Hockey trip Hockey for 3 days Oh, what fun it is to play A hundred miles away Hey! Hockey girls Hockey boys Mom and Dad front row Road trips are a lot of fun If you plan before you go! (Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells) Benjamin Franklin said it best, "By failing to prepare, you are prepar- ing to fail." That's so true, especially when the hockey season rolls into the holiday season. But with a little pre-planning, this truly can be the most wonderful time of the year. With an assist from veteran hock- ey mom Caroline Stanistreet and My Kids Play Hockey Facebook follow- ers, here's a holiday game plan guar- anteed to put a little more ho-ho-ho into your hockey-filled holidays. • Arrange a car pool with other parents in your neighborhood, and if there isn't anyone super close, ask to join an existing group with the nearest family. The car pool can be for practic- es and for the important "hour early" rule that many coaches require before home and away games. We found this extreme- ly helpful during the annual home Thanksgiving tourna- ment and an away post-Christ- mas tourney. Sometimes the By Christie Casciano Burns Put A Little Ho-Ho-Ho Into Your Hockey Holidays "Set aside time to make meals for the week that can be quickly thawed and heated up." parents wanted to do "take" and "bring home" the same day, giving each parent a full after- noon to wrap presents away from spying little eyes. • Set aside time to make meals for the week that can be quick- ly thawed and heated up. Save one day as "Fantasy Food Night," which is a fun term for takeout food that the kids choose. That way, you can spend your time decorating all those Christmas cookies you baked (wink wink). • Squeeze in a little shopping while your kids are at practice, and take advantage of road games by shopping at a unique gift shops in another town. • "We've kept our Christmas cookie-making tradition, but for the Christmas Eve dinner we now have it catered at our house to save time and stress." –Dennell Jurgensen, Apalachin, N.Y. • "We switched our outdoor decorations and now just use projectors." –Brittany Shields, Hershey, Pa. • "Our outdoor lights go up in September or October, but are not turned on until December. Also, a lot of shopping was done during hockey trips at the out- lets or malls." –Pam Munson, Baldwinsville, N.Y. • "Instead of sending Christmas cards, we sent St. Patrick's Day cards. They were a huge hit." –Jennie Ayers Lynch, Camillus, N.Y. • "If you can't do every- thing, just do the things you ENJOY doing. For the rest, play your hockey mom card: "We can't, the kids have hock- ey." –Julie Bennett, Fulton, N.Y. And if you can't be home for the holidays? Just remember, as long as you are surrounded by family and friends, there's no holiday road trip that can't be enjoyed. P JOSH RADER Age: 63 Springfield, Va. From rugby, to baseball, to offshore sailing, Josh Rader has been a jack- of-all-trades when it comes to coaching. First introduced to hockey through his son, Rader coached him through his youth hockey and high school career. Now Rader does it all with the Northern Virginia Ice Dogs, an organization he has been with since 2001. Drawn to the excite- ment of hockey and team-oriented concept, Rader has been coach- ing since the mid-1980s and is a Level 5 certified coach. The Springfield, Va., resident spends 10-15 hours at the rink a week, serving on the Fort Dupont ice rink board as well as his duties with the Ice Dogs. A former Marine and Boeing employee, Rader volunteers time to three non-profits, and is also a part-time professor. Despite his many duties, Rader is not ready to relinquish his hockey duties any time soon. "Watching the kids develop athletically and as people," Rader said when asked what keeps him coming back. "We put a lot of focus on people skills as well as being a good person. Watching them absorb that, stay off the couch and grow." COACH OF THE MONTH

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