More Than A Game (Mike Plume) video
#2099 YouTube video by mikeplume
℗2010 ~ Used with permission ~

We play hockey on the streets,
We play shinny on sheets of ice
When the weather starts to change;
And if it's Saturday night,
Well then it's Hockey Night,
A tradition that'll always be the same.

Mom's drinking double-double,
And your Dad's got stubble on his chin,
'Cause it's an early morning game;
And there's no one in the stands,
Save friends and family for fans;
You feel like Gretzky on a breakaway.

I said, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.
(More than a game.)
I said, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.
(More than a game.)

The backyard is flooded and lit,
So we all throw our sticks
In the middle so we can pick teams;
That ain't a jersey, it's a sweater,
Man, there's nothing better,
Throw one on and start reliving all yer dreams.

Someone was always Bobby Orr,
Someone always said, "He shoots! He scores!"
9, 27, 4, 99 and 10.
Bending sticks 'neath the door
To get just a little more
Of a blade with the perfect bend,
As long as you can't slide a quarter on end.

I said, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.
(More than a game.)

Losing pucks in the snow,
Where did that one go?
I can't believe it's the third one today;
But when the Springtime would come,
We found every single one,
And talk hockey all the live long day.

I said, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.

Clickin' sticks three times,
Drawing it back to your own line,
Top shelf and we're up by one;
Ringing 'em off crossbars,
Moving our nets for the cars;
And all together we would yell, "Game on!"

And then our folks would call us in,
We all agreed next goal wins;
But it didn't matter how the game would end,
'Cause the season never ended,
On these rinks where we pretended;
And tomorrow we play for the cup again.
Yeah, tomorrow we play for the cup again.

And say, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.
(More than a game.)
[Fading] I said, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.
(More than a game.)
I said, hey, hey, yeah,
it's more than a game.....

####.... Mike Plume ©2008 - all rights reserved ....####
Recorded by the Mike Plume Band (MPB830NFLD, trk#12, 2009 CD, Road Angel Entertainment, recorded at The Blue Room Studios, Nashville, TN, produced by Brent Maher and Charles Yingling, and distributed by Fontana Distribution).

Notes: Mike Plume informed GEST the numbers 9, 27, 4, 99 and 10 are retired jersey numbers of outstanding National Hockey League (NHL) players:
#9- Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Montreal Canadiens (1960);
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings (1972), Carolina Hurricanes (1980), Hartford Whalers (1981);
Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks (1983), Winnipeg Jets (1989);
#27 - Darryl Sittler, Toronto Maple Leafs (2003);
Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs (2001);
#4 - Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1979);
Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens (1971);
#99 - Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1999), Los Angeles Kings (2002), NHL (2000);
#10 - Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens (1985).

From Wikipedia:
Bobby Orr (Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr, born 1948 in Perry Sound, ON) - Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Orr played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for his entire career; the first ten seasons with the Boston Bruins, joining the Chicago Black Hawks for two more. Orr is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. A defenceman, Orr used his ice skating speed and scoring and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position.
Double-Double - coffee with two sugars and two cream.
Gretzky (Wayne Douglas Gretzky, born 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) - Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself.
Shinny (also shinney) - informal type of hockey played on ice. It is also used as another term for street hockey, especially in coastal British Columbia where the climate has limited snow. There are no formal rules or specific positions and, generally, there are no goaltenders. The goal areas at each end may be marked by nets, or simply by objects, such as blocks of snow, stones, etc. Bodychecking and lifting or "roofing/reefing/raising the puck" (shooting the puck or ball so it rises above the ice) are often forbidden because the players are not wearing protective equipment. It may also be called pick-up hockey, pond hockey, street hockey, road hockey, boot hockey or "outdoor puck". Shinny is a game that all levels of hockey enthusiasts can play because it requires no rink, requires no skills except ability to hold a stick and at the very least to try to touch the puck or ball when it goes by. Shinny may be completely non-competitive and recreational - scoring irrelevant - or competitive and scores kept.


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