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Get Your Bike On!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

As of yesterday, May is officially here and summer is so close we can practically taste it! As we are staring out our office windows looking at the beautiful, sun-shiny day that is happening just outside these walls, we can’t help but think of all the wonderful summertime activities that are about to unfold in the coming weeks and months. Summertime ball games, swimming, trips to the lake (or beach if you’re lucky enough!), camping… and the list goes on. Basically, anything that involves being in the great outdoors, we simply adore.

Which is what makes it so great that May is National Bike Month! What’s this, you say? National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, seeks to promote the use of bicycles and the many reasons to ride one! Whether it’s about saving money, getting some much-needed exercise, preserving the environment, or simply exploring your surroundings more closely – there’s a reason to ride, and that’s what National Bike Month is all about.

Though you can (and are encouraged) to participate in National Bike Month whenever you are able and as often as you want, there are actually select days designated for biking to your destination to help promote awareness.

May 9th is National Bike to School Day

May 14th – 18th is National Bike to Work Week, with it all culminating on

May 18th for National Bike to Work Day

If, however, you are unable to participate in these bike-to-your destination days, don’t let that make you think you are unable to participate at all! Grab your bike out of the garage, dust it off, and head out into the great outdoors for some quality sun-time with the family! After all, in this generation of technology overload, we could all use a good excuse for some good, old fashioned outside time – and National Bike Month provides us with just that!

And don’t forget to capture the moment(s) – send us a picture!… we’d love to share how you participated in this bike-tastic month!

Hockey History

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

I guess it’s time for me to admit… baseball isn’t the only sport in full swing this time of year. The National Hockey League is packed full of competition right now… or at least, that’s what I hear. As I’m writing this I am realizing that I don’t know if I’ve ever actually seen a game, nor do I know much about hockey at all. And so, I did some digging to find out a little about this sport that is a mystery to me.

Here’s some things you might not know:

  • Apparently, the actual origin of hockey is a mystery to everyone. Hockey dates back so far that there is actually debate over how it began. Some say it may have started as an Irish field game called hurley, played year round with a ball and a stick. Others claim it started with North American Indians, who played a similar game using field tools with curved ends. When the French explorers saw this game of ball and stick, they called it “hoquet,” which is the French word for the similarly shaped shepherd’s crook.
  • British soldiers stationed at Hallifax and Kingston played the first recorded hockey game in Kingston, Ontario in 1855, using British troops.
  • In the 1870’s a McGill University student, W.F. Robertso, developed the first set of hockey rules, which were published by the Montreal Gazette in 1877. In his rules, he adapted field hockey to play on ice, required the use of a puck instead of a ball, and designated 9 players to a team.
  • The first amateur hockey league was organized in Kingston, Ontario in 1880.
  • The first recorded women’s hockey game was played in 1889 in Ottawa.
  • In 1893, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated a permanent trophy to be presented to the best hockey team. That trophy, first called called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, has since became known as the Stanley Cup. The original cup cost $48.57. Today, the trophy is insured for $75,000.
  • In 1894, the first artificial ice rink is opened in Baltimore.
  • By 1895, college athletes from the U.S. and Canada played the first international series of matches.
  • In 1900, the net on the goal was used for the first time. This was to not only stop the puck, but to also show that the puck had actually passed between the goal posts.
  • In 1909, the National Hockey Association was formed in Montreal.
  • The National Hockey League was formed in 1917, and the first US team joined in 1924.
  • The 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium became the first to include an ice hockey competition.
  • In 1930, the first ice hockey world championships were played.
  • In 1959 was the first time a goalie wore a face mask. He did so only to cover a cheek that had been struck by a puck. It wasn’t until 1979 that the NHL began requiring that all players new to the league wear helmets.

Learn anything new?? I know I did! If you have any more interesting facts that I missed, let’s hear ’em!

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