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When she isn't inhaling Zamboni fumes as a hockey mom of three, Astra is a human resources professional from Ottawa. In her spare time, she writes about motherhood and minor hockey. Her humour memoir, "Offside by a Mile - Confessions of a Hockey Mom" was published by FriesenPress in June 2015. You can read more about her family's antics on her website at www.astragroskaufmanis.com and follow her @mydustbunnies on Twitter. Astra is a weekly contributor to HockeyNow.ca through her always-entertaining Mom Mondays blog.


Mom Mondays: Puck, Paper, Scissors!

Have you ever watched the NHL draft on TV?  You see the general managers and coaches and other team staff talking on their cell phones non-stop and hunched over laptops. 

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Mom Mondays: Rinkside Assistance

Here’s some not-so-breaking news: winters here in Canada can be bitterly cold. This week, my weather app has sent me several extreme cold alerts and presented to me temperatures I haven’t seen since I had to walk to school uphill both ways.

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Team Holiday Parties: Do’s and Don’ts

We’re hosting a hockey team holiday party this weekend. Players, parents, siblings, and any neighbourhood riff-raff who wanders through our front door between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00PM on Saturday evening are welcome.

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Mom Mondays: The Healthy Hockey Mom

I’ve begun preparations for a solid fourteen days of game time this holiday season. And by game time, I mean eating and drinking, with a side of eating and drinking some more. I do love to kick back and socialize with family and friends, despite the toll it takes on my body! After Christmas, I’m hitting the gym. I mean it.

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Mom Mondays: O Hockey Tree, O Hockey Tree!

December is now upon us and holiday preparations are moving at breakaway speeds in most Canadian households Our home is no different. As I write this, I can see my husband carefully unravel and untangle the outdoor lights, and I think I heard him utter a merry jingle or two. 

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Mom Mondays: Pucks and Parallel Parking

There comes a day in every hockey mom’s life when she finally finds the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; that is, her hockey players get their driver’s license. And I have just hit the jackpot – call it my personal hat trick! The last and youngest of my three children just got their license. Someone give me a medal.

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Mom Mondays: The Story of Jock and Jill

We’ve all heard the story of Jack and Jill – they were a couple of kids with an unfortunate lack of coordination and balance; probably one of the first references in English literature to concussions too! Poor Jack.

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Mom Mondays: Snack Food Philosophy

It’s no secret that a hockey mom spends a great deal of time in her car. Most of the time, it’s just a jaunt to the local rinks and back for practices and league games.

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Mom Lucky Charms

Hockey moms are known for a lot of things: driving, organizing, shopping, feeding, soothing, cheering, filling up water bottles, tying skates, learning how not to pass out from the smell of hockey equipment, just to name but a few.

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Mom Mondays: It’s Tournament Time

If you haven’t already, you’ll probably soon be preparing for the first away tournament of the season. The out-of-town hockey tournament is generally all things excessive: too much food, too much driving, too much cheering, too much wine, too much loud music in the car for much too long — and far too little sleep.

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Mom Mondays: Namebar Needlework

If you thought hockey is a rough sport, you should try sewing namebars to the back of game jerseys! That is one of the toughest jobs I have as a hockey mom, and is one I struggle with every single season.

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Mom Mondays: Giving Thanks for Hockey!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the hockey moms out there! We have so much to be thankful for as hockey moms in Canada. While I definitely put the health and safety of my family and friends above all for which I’m grateful, I do have a few more thanks loading up my plate today!

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Mom Mondays: Keep Calm and Party On

“Ok Team, who’s ready for some fun? It’s time for party games! Yay!” The reaction to this question asked by any parent at the team icebreaker will probably be as follows: Novice and Atom kids will immediately begin jumping up and down screaming as if Santa Claus just arrived; Peewee and Bantam kids will feign interest but then take over with their own game that’s like, way better; Midget kids will pretend they didn’t hear you.

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Mom Mondays: Party Protocol

It’s late September, your kids’ teams are set, Coach’s welcome email received, and league play is about to get under way. There is still one significant hockey activity that needs to be organized: the team icebreaker party. To me, this event is the real home opener.

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Mom Mondays: Sorting Out for Sort-Outs

House league sort-outs are this weekend for us, how about you? Are you ready? Some associations seem to drag out the sort-outs over several weekends. They rebalanced the teams and scrimmage again.

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