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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: New definition to the phrase 'Sin Bin'

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New definition to the phrase 'Sin Bin'

Your team is tied during an ice hockey tournament contest, you and your squad are fighting for your proverbial playoff life and you've just decided to clunk one of your opponents in the head with your glove.

You get whistled by the referee and sent to the penalty box for a roughing infraction, placing your team down a player for the next 90 seconds.

Besides your coach rolling his eyes and your teammates cringing that they have to suck up the ice for another man-down shift. What could be worse?

How about your mom greeting you in the 'Sin Bin'?

Yes, it actually happened Saturday afternoon to a Clifton Park player (I'll protect the guilty here) during the 'A'-level Between the Pipes Tournament.

Hold your chuckles, the story actually gets better.

At the youth level, hockey tournament volunteers are typically parents who run the clock, keep the score sheet and run the penalty boxes. So this hockey player's mom is in the home team penalty box and gets to greet her son after his foolish infraction.

He plops down on the bench and while normally protocol calls for the box attendant to be quiet, he's getting it from his mom.

Since I was also in the box taking pictures of the contest, I had a bird's eye of the action and right there to hear the following...

"How could you do something like that?," Mom said as the opponents takes the face-off and moves the puck up the ice against Clifton Park. "See what they are doing, they are going right at..", yep, you guessed it, a power play goal six seconds into the penalty.

It still doesn't end there.

The player kicks the penalty box door with his skate in anger and is trying to bust out of the box as if he's on fire and his mom now is all over him again for acting like a child after the score.

Clifton Park never recovered and lost the contest, failing to advance to Sunday's play.

How would you like to be in that car on the way home..

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