t:small gestures


So, I’m captain of a beer-league ice hockey team at Chelsea Piers (currently on a 5-game winning streak: that’s leadership!). I’m not very good, but I love playing hockey. Being a captain just guarantees me ice time.

Recognizing what an utter shitshow the last week has been, our team ran into a bit of an awkward situation: we’re called the Mad Bombers. That’s our team logo above.

In a somewhat tiny, futile, but (in my mind) required gesture, we decided last night that we couldn’t play under the name Mad Bombers after what had happened in Boston. So we shelved our gold jerseys – and name – for our Friday night game. We took the ice about three hours after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown as “Mad Skillz” wearing a collage of white jerseys. A couple of us wore USA or Boston University jerseys (that’s me in the Team USA jersey with alternate captain Daniel Louis and our top scorer Zach Genirs, who’s going to BU next fall). Again, insignificant in the grand scheme of the week’s events. But it meant a little bit to us and our opponents.

We won 5-4 in OT. I had the second assist on the game-winner.