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The Rook gets on the ice September 12, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.

In today’s post we’ll go inside the Rook’s head on his first day on the ice during rookie camp. Remember, italics denote internal thoughts.

Rook: [walking into the locker room] I have my own locker! That won’t last long. Once the vets arrive they’ll kick our asses to a storage closet or something. But for now, cool! [looks left, sees another player] Hey, man. I’m Rook.

Player 1 (we’ll call him Smitty): Hey, I’m Smitty.

[they both start getting dressed]

Player 2 (we’ll call him Dougie): [jerking his head in their general direction] Dougie.

Smitty: Smitty.

Rook: Rook. Hey, I’ve got friends! Well, besides my roommate, but he’s kind of a freak.

[after getting dressed, the trio head for the ice]

Smitty: Wanna toss one around?

Rook & Dougie: Sure.

[they pass the puck around and greet other players as they come out]

Big Scary Head Coach: All right boys, gather ’round.

[players scurry over to the bench and crowd in]

Big Scary Head Coach: Welcome to rookie camp. We’re gonna work on some fundamentals, do some drills, have some scrimmages, and see what you guys are made of.

[players nod, grunt, murmur]

Big Scary Head Coach: We’re gonna divide you into groups and do some easy shooting drills first.

Rook: Shooting. Yay!

Big Scary Head Coach: Then we’ll move on to some more defensive drills.

Rook: Defense. Boooo.

[players skate around for a while]

Big Scary Head Coach: Hey, Rook, come over here for a minute.

Rook: *gulp* [skates over to BSHC]

Big Scary Head Coach: [pulls out his white board and starts making arrows and notations]

Rook: What the f is he doing?

Big Scary Head Coach: Next time, I want you to do this, [indicates one set of lines and arrows] when the other guys do this [indicates another set of lines and arrows].

Rook: Sure thing, Coach. [skates back to take his place in line] I’m screwed.

Tomorrow: The Rook learns about “The System”.



1. Richard - September 13, 2010

Rook doesn’t appear to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. But of course, we don’t know much about the other knives…

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