Sat Nov 27 10:38am EST
Portability and flexibility are two of street hockey's greatest virtues. If you have the personnel, the minimal equipment and a suitable surface, then it's 'Game On'.
My favorite street game: In the shadow of what was then called Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver before the gold medal game between the U.S. and Canada in men's Olympic hockey ... mostly because a few local cops joined the game for a few shifts, caught up in the moment.
The street hockey game I wish I'd witnessed:
The Tampa Bay Lightning having an informal game during "activation exercises" on a closed street outside of the White House in D.C., using garbage cans as nets before getting trashed by the Washington Capitals, 6-0, on Friday evening:
Players played ball hockey with their sticks and tennis balls on a street in front of the White House, likely catching some tourists - and secret service - off guard. It obviously helped the street was blocked off from through traffic and was just a few blocks from the hotel the team was staying at.
"I've played a lot of ball hockey over the course of my years, but never in front of the White House," Dominic Moore(notes) said. "I think the security guys weren't expecting that this morning, but they enjoyed watching it, too."
Hey, if Obama won't go to a hockey game in Washington, bring a hockey game to Obama, right?
Good stuff out of the Lightning, which are quickly becoming one of the NHL's most likeable teams despite the presence of Steve Downie(notes) on the roster. Which leads us to our question of the (Satur)day:
If you could play a game of street hockey in any location on Earth, where would you play?