SOFA Smiles with Gerry Roberts
Well, the SOFA and SOFA+ hockey leagues have finished another season of hockey and ‘stumble-pucky’, respectively.
SOFA, the youngsters (approx. 50-60 yrs.), completed their season on the Sunday morning before Easter, followed by a catered brunch in the Community Hall at the Arena. These are the boys who graduated from the Adult league on Sunday nights.
SOFA+ (60+ and some +++), finished their last game the following Wednesday, followed by a brunch at the Corner House. The ‘elders’ play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the mornings. Why? Because they’re mostly retired, have nothing else to do, and their wives want them out of the house for a while each day.
Some 40-ish years ago, many of us in our late 20s and early 30s played pick-up hockey at 11 p.m. in the original ‘barn’ on Sundays and Tuesdays. Going to work on Mondays and Wednesdays with little sleep wasn’t fun, but we persevered for two years. Six of us got together and thought that, if we could swing some ice time on a Sunday afternoon, we could probably get enough guys to make up four teams – a real league. These fellows were: Dave Smith, Stu Evans, Larry Austin (RIP), Ernie Stokes, Ernie Philipiew, and yours truly, who became the original executive members.
We expanded after only one year to six teams. This was the Uxbridge Senior Men’s Hockey League. We even had spectators – our wives and kids. The league held two dances and a banquet in the community hall each season. After 10 years the original executive members decided to hand the reins of the league to a younger group.
The league grew and morphed into the Uxbridge Adult Hockey league, a huge establishment, involving tons of teams, both men’s and ladies. It rivals minor hockey in numbers of teams. We’ve come a long way with recreational hockey in Uxbridge!
It appears that hockey, our national sport, gets into one’s blood and the game can be played for many, many decades. The finesse, (if there ever was any for many of us), may have waned over the years, but the excitement and enjoyment is still there. It’s a sport in which you can mess up on the ice, get roasted for it on the bench, and laugh about it in the dressing room.
Any men over 50 interested in playing Sunday morning next year can contact Rob Croxall at firstname.lastname@example.org Any really old guys who would like to play Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings can contact Gerry Roberts at email@example.com
For your convenience, we have listed a few sports organizations contact information.
Uxbridge Swim Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Tennis Club
Phone: (905) 852-2181
Uxbridge Squash Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Men’s Basketball League
Phone: (905) 431-3392
Greater Uxbridge Road Runners
Phone: (905) 852-7224
Air Force Mavericks All-Star Cheerleading
Phone: (905) 852-CHEER