Hoser Hockey has been around since the summer of ’17. In the time since I have been asked numerous times, “What is Hoser Hockey?” Or better yet – “what is Hoosher Hockey”. Previously when giving these answers I would refer to my sales pitch that. I’ve worked on 1,000 times – yet still seemingly have never nailed it down in any conversations. I’d do this because it’s a business right? Admittedly, that is what I thought as a then 25-year-old – I thought I had to fit into a mold of a “businessperson” when having these conversations. Luckily, it didn’t take me long to go back to why we started Hoser Hockey in the first place.
"My high school buddies are still some of my best friends in life. They’ll be the first to get a wedding invite."
It would be easy to say that Hoser Hockey started the moment I stepped on the ice as a kid. But it didn’t. I for sure loved the game there’s no doubt about that. But Hoser Hockey was born when I got into high school. We had a group of guys that came from various towns to a private high school. Most of us previously played together at some point in youth hockey. But going into high school together was entirely different. My high school buddies are still some of my best friends in life. They’ll be the first to get a wedding invite. And making friends through hockey didn’t stop in high school. As I got older and played in new leagues – whether it was prep school, juniors or college club hockey – I made friendships that I never would have had without the sport of hockey.
“I made friendships that I never would have had without the sport of hockey.”
You go through quite a bit as a team together. Practicing, training, lifting, road trips, exciting victories and championships to devastating and heartbreaking losses. However, no matter how the season goes – if you did or didn’t make playoffs – if you hit your point total you wanted – got that accolade – whatever it might be – hockey always creates something spectacular right under your nose. It creates bonds that are unbreakable no matter how your season turned out. This is the true beauty of hockey. Sure, the stats will be remembered, your team name in the rafters – but the friends you make along the way that last much longer that any career, is what hockey is all about.
“Hoser Hockey represents the friendships made throughout the hockey journey.”
So, what is Hoser Hockey? Hoser Hockey represents the friendships made throughout the hockey journey. It is the manifestation of bonds made in the locker room, on the ice, and in the extracurricular activities. No matter how long it was since you last were in the locker room together – the bonds that hockey creates never leaves you. That my friend is Hoser Hockey.