Hockey Touchstones

by barbaragarn

What are some hockey touchstones?

What makes you think of hockey, or puts you in a hockey frame of mind? What are some things unique to hockey?

The sliding-grinding sound of skates biting into the ice for a hockey stop.
Shaking hands at the end of the game.
Banging sticks on the boards after a good play.
The smell at the rink.
Wider use of the phrase “hat trick.”
Missing teeth?

Just thinking about the things hockey has given or promoted into the larger culture, beyond our sport. We play hockey, we live it, we’re in the middle of it. So, I wonder what people OUTSIDE the sport come up with when they think about hockey.