November 18, 2018

Too soon for game's aloha says Elvis

Elvis is in the building.

Or rather, the road hockey court.

After 10 years away from Sunday Morning Road Hockey, the venerable veteran who retired with eight straight Stanley Stick victories, returned to the haunt of his former glories and he brought with him another colourful icon of the past, Pig Farming Goalie.

They were trying to breathe renewed life into the league after its death knell echoed across the internet last week.

And while their presence meant the game could go on for at least one more week, the handful of veteran regulars had to temper their optimism because the comebacks were more like guest appearances.

“We’ll have to see,” said Elvis of the prospect of recurring games. “I’m not saying I’m going to be a regular.”

“We had a lot of good years playing here,” said Pig Farming Goalie. “We made lots of good memories so we wanted to make some more.”

Still, the battery mates said it was important to make an effort and show the current generation of roadsters the game is worth fighting for.

Elvis said he was inspired by the ongoing commitment of the roadsters who’ve persevered.

“I think the dedication to the game that’s lasted all these years,” he said. “Hopefully it inspires a few guys to keep coming out.”

Pig Farming Goalie said changes in farming technology that means his pigs are now raised by machines have freed up more time but he was feeling wistful that he might not be able to spend some of it renewing rivalries at the road hockey courts.

“It was a bit sad to see what has happened to road hockey,” he said, adding it will take strength and fortitude to keep the game going.

“It’s a group effort,” he said.

But with the return to action of Elvis and Pig Farming Goalie far from a weekly assurance, the core problem remains. The roadsters were also bolstered by the first start of the season by Lak Attack, as well as the return of Kid after several weeks away, however other key veterans like Doo, Scooby, Joker and Beckenbauer were no-shows.

Elvis said he was dismayed

“It’s a beautiful day out here,” he said. “Days like today, I don’t think there’s much excuse.”

Pig Farming Goalie acknowledged life can get in the way at times, but a life without road hockey is a lesser life.

Posted by jaysuburb at November 18, 2018 09:42 PM

I will be there. No Big D.

Posted by: Nouvelle at November 24, 2018 11:27 PM

Scoob + Doo will be there

Posted by: Doo at November 24, 2018 04:03 PM

Very nice to see stars from the past in photos this week. It would be awesome if those could turn into more regular appearances.

I plan to attend this Sunday.

PFG and Elvis, I have you in years but it appears you have me in silver locks :)

Posted by: The Colonel at November 19, 2018 05:11 PM

Good game yesterday boys! I have potentially have two new recruits coming out for next Sun!!

Posted by: lakattack at November 19, 2018 12:45 PM