I'm in San Diego at the moment. Went to the Gulls / Ice Dogs hockey game last night. Adorable little baby hockey players! I don't think more than a couple on both teams combined are old enough to rent cars! I'm quite sure in the ECHL they have to be at least 18, but a few of them sure could have fooled me about that qualification. A couple of the Ice Dogs (Ice Puppies!) had to be Spanky's little brothers! Just darling little babies! :-)
Oh, by the way, really fun hockey game, too. :-) Gulls won on the last (5th) shot of the shootout. Fun stuff!
I have played hockey in the Peewee league since I was seven and it was not that big of a deal. In California we have this league that four year old played on and it was so funny to watch them attempt to make a goal. They were so afraid that they would hurt the goalie more than being afraid that they might hurt themselves.
That's what you refer to as "rambling", is it? You've been into the Joseph Campbell again, haven't you? :-) I somehow had a hunch that perhaps the HITC might have worked for you. (I'm sooo perceptive sometimes.)