Mom Mondays: Locker Room Talk – Size Matters!
Most of the lockers rooms in our neck of the woods are quiet this
time of the year. The hockey players have wrapped up their seasons and
have passed the locker room torch on to lacrosse players for the next
few months. The locker rooms have been especially quiet at our local
arena because it is closed right now as it undergoes a much needed
makeover. The arena expansion project has been as much the talk of this
town as the many hockey games it’s hosted over the past forty years.
it’s true that our federal and municipal governments are providing much
of the funding, there have also been dozens of fundraising events with
proceeds going to this important local project. This fundraising started
years ago, so it’s exciting to finally see the perimeter safety fencing
going up and the trucks rolling in.
have seen the architect’s drawings of the project, I’m really excited to
see the completed building once finally unveiled. As in many older
arenas in Canada, the locker rooms at our local rink were incredibly
small. Itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny. Barely large enough to hold a few
atoms let alone a few Atoms or Adams! I know every hockey mom has
encountered one of those relic rinks where the locker rooms are the size
of a peanut. I have my fair share of memories associated with
There is never...
- Enough room for both bags and players, let alone parents.
- Any part of the floor visible under all the players and gear.
- A way to open or close the locker room door without exposing a half-dressed player to the throng of people in the foyer.
- Any privacy if the washroom – God forbid – was to be used.
- Any semblance of peace or quiet or possibility of conversation as the Bluetooth speaker blared the music.
And there was always...
kid who wants to get to the arena first, not because he or she’s
excited for the big game but because they want to make sure they get a
seat in the dressing room.
- At least two goalies suiting
up in the foyer because that’s the only place they can safely put on
their pads without fear of having their fingers severed by a highly
excited and over-ambulant skate-wearing teammate.
or two members of the Visitor’s team asking, “Do we get two dressing
rooms?” and in response hearing “Are you kidding me?!!”
boys’ teams taking turns dressing for games and practices because there
simply isn’t enough room for their man-sized gear and their selves to
be in one room together.
- Those parents that tripped over hockey bags trying to get out after helping their kids suit up for games and practices
- Those who were envious of the spacious referee rooms or the alternate dressing room (for the girls on a mostly boys team).
nostalgia associated with these vintage arenas is understandable. There
is glorious history in so many local Canadian arenas. But not even that
wistfulness can fit into these locker rooms. These fond and not-so-fond
memories will soon be in the past as new walls, doors and benches are
placed in big, bright, spacious new locker rooms. Frankly, I can’t wait.
Three cheers for locker rooms – size really does matter!