Hockey in the south

During the playoff season it isn’t hard to get tickets either.

My kids are starting to get into hockey. In Florida it isn’t really the sport that kids do. The weather is hot basically all year around. So not many kids are thinking about winter sports. They really should though. Florida has two professional hockey teams, the Panthers and the Tampa Bay lightning. They both do really well in the Stanley cup playoffs. So why aren’t more kids playing? I am really lucky that I live in Jacksonville Florida. So my boys have many ice rinks to choose from. I started them all out in the learn to skate program. Now my boys each have their own hockey team. I have a forward, defensemen, and a goalie living in my household. My goal is that the boys stick with it all throughout school. That way they have the opportunity to play it in college. I recognize they aren’t professional level good, but they do quite well. In Florida the training programs aren’t really there either. But we do the best we can. I enjoy the fact that Tampa isn’t that far. If we want to see a professional game, it is quite an easy trip for the boys. During the playoff season it isn’t hard to get tickets either. I found it really weird when I first moved down south. In the north, you can’t get a ticket ever. In the south, I can get a playoff ticket quite cheap for the entertainment value. We are a hockey family through and through.

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