Lord Stanley



It is a cold and frozen world

With ice that is an inch thick

And surly comments are hurled

By large men fighting with sticks


Each proud to wear the sweater

Of the city they represent

Some are given a letter

Leaders found by team consent


They battle fierce through the hour

Hoping to raise the cup of Lord

But penalties can winning sour

When the twig is used as sword


There with red and blue lines drawn

A manly battle is waged and rages

As sturdy men with masks put on

Hide in their netted cages


You cannot blink or look away

Not even for a second

The speed of this motley fray

Bids focus to be reckoned


It started with the original six

And playing held more fears

Each season being seen epic

For more than a hundred years


The swift are given due respect

For fast is its own reward

Until enforcers throw a check

Causing fast to taste the boards


No war has raged any longer

On this western continent

No athlete any stronger

Than these men on winning bent


I have yet to find a sport

That is anywhere as manly

As where real men do court

Raising the cup of Lord Stanley




19 Responses to “Lord Stanley”
  1. U r so talented u should write a book !

  2. yassy says:

    Great post, Brad.

  3. I miss the days of hockey games in person… . I still have love for the game, though.

  4. beth says:

    a beautiful ode to hockey, one of my favorite sports to watch!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    It wasn’t a manly sport until the Broad Street Bullies came along… πŸ™‚

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Wonderful! So well written and such rhythm and strength! I don’t know much about that sport but I sure did love the poem! You are a crack! (Means great in Spain)…All the best!

  7. kristianw84 says:

    For the love of the game! Go Penguins!! ❀🐧

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    One of those sports that somehow manages to balance brutality and beauty.

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