Hockey as a Health Indicator

Me, in a navy blue Oilers jersey, in my seat at a hockey game

Hockey season is almost upon us again, and I am far more excited about it than I expected. Not just because the Oilers look like they might finally be on the right track (and yes, I know that’s the perennial chorus of Oilers fans everywhere), but because of how I feel about hockey in general.

Last season I was happy to root for my team(s), but at a bit of a distance. I live an easy walk from the rink, but I rarely took in a game. My mental health just wasn’t at a place where I could summon that much energy.

This year, I’ve already been to three live games, plus one open “fan day” scrimmage. And I just bought tickets to the home opener on Wednesday.

This is exciting for me on a much deeper level than just the hockey front. It’s a real-life indicator that I’m in a better place than I was a year ago. I started on my current brain-meds (quetiapine) in mid-May, and I really, truly am having better quality of life as a result.

Last year, the few times I went to a game, I waited until the day of to buy a ticket, just because I wasn’t sure I would be in a mental state to handle it. I’ve planned almost all of this season’s games ahead, and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of the ones that’ve already happened. (I fully expect to enjoy the heck out of the game Wednesday as well!)

I’ve also been thrilled to be talking about hockey again. Beginner’s Puck has kicked off for a third season, and it feels so good to be talking about all the fun with my cohost Deb.

If you’re into hockey, I’d love for you to take a listen. And if you’re not, but you’re hockey-curious, then I’d really like you to listen. Spreading the love to more new fans is what we’re all about!

Speaking of the love, I loved my experience at the game I attended last week. I went on my own and livetweeted the fun. (That’s another thing I mostly didn’t have the energy to do so enthusiastically last season.) If you’re curious what an NHL preseason game is like in Edmonton, wonder no more:

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