For many of us, our minor hockey days have long since vacated our brains as the humdrum and monotony of everyday adult life takes over our mental faculties. Wake up, get the kids off to school, head to work, head home, drive the kids to practice, eat some food, go to bed. It seems the older we get the faster time goes, and it’s not until we’re able to escape the day-to-day life that we’re able to appreciate the little things. This is where CHE steps in. Our holiday hockey weekends provide a brief but exhilarating reprieve from the daily grind, and for a short window of time, everyone gets to feel like a kid again, and here’s why.
Philosophers and Facebook moms love to say “It’s not the destination, but the journey that’s important” or something along those lines, and for our adult hockey players this holds true. The tournament begins when you’ve loading up the 3 – 5 vehicles with your gear and luggage for the trip with your teammates. The 5 or so hours spent on the road getting to the tournament are typically the most energetic hours for every player on the team, as the excitement of the weekend ahead gets everyone’s blood going, and from the time you leave the driveway to the time you get into your hotel room the hooliganism expected from a 12 person road trip is at fever pitch.
Tournaments were always a highlight of every youth hockey players year, but it always seemed like the parents were having more fun that the kids as they travelled room to room in the hotel for drinks, cards and general revelry until the wee hours of the morning. With CHE you’re both the player and the parent and there is no shortage of shenanigans in the hotel whether you’re doing the hotel room beer crawl or playing practical jokes on your teammates. The stories of what goes down each night don’t often get revealed to outsiders, but there’s always plenty of evidence of good times had in the hotel lobby each morning as blood shot eyes try not to make contact with any direct light.
Once you’ve gotten your entire team out of bed, filled with coffee and over to the arena the fun just keeps going. There’s never a shortage of bellowing laughter coming from the dressing rooms as players reminisce about all of the debauchery that took place the night before. Luckily we provide complimentary Gatorade for the players to replenish their electrolytes for the big game ahead. After the game is finished and the player of the game awards have been handed out, it’s time to head back to the locker room for a refreshing beer and the whole cycle starts again.
At CHE we try and do all of the thinking for you so you can make the most of your weekend away. Our all-inclusive packages make sure your team is in a great hotel that located exactly where you want to be. We include the basic meals like breakfasts and lunch to make sure your fuzzy head doesn’t need to make any tough decisions, and our professional tournament staff is always around to answer any questions you might have. And if you’re lucky enough to survive the chaos of the weekend, you might just head home with the championship trophy!
So this season, when the daily routine is causing your hair to fall out, grab your teammates and head to one of our fantastic holiday hockey tournaments.
Canadian Hockey Enterprises