You know that I played hockey I was thinking about this because I’m making this video on ‘vlogbrothers’ about How I had an antagonistic relationship with sports and still kind of do where I I have a hard time sort of buying all the way in and and sort of like and not judging people who do and Then I remembered that I did play a sport in high school and I played hockey and in a weird way I remember feeling like this is a sport that I can play, and it isn’t, doesn’t count and that’s a, That’s a weird thought. First, I- I think I thought it didn’t count because I grew up in Orlando, Florida where not a lot of people knew how to ice skate. So also even fewer of them played hockey. Though I did play mostly roller hockey Because it’s just very expensive to play ice hockey in Florida then like that I was kind of like I hate sports and sports are dumb but then also wanted to start playing hockey because I liked to ice skate and I Like then I started like watching hockey and really like watching hockey and then I was looking to be I could play, huh? And then so and it didn’t feel like I was sort of buying into the same thing that the kids in my school were buying into with their school spirit and be true to your school stuff. Which looking back like I think that’s actually quite a cool way to interact with your school, I just was so jaded and angsty that I never would ever have conceived of being a positive feeling, like, having a positive feeling about my school, but I ended up playing hockey. I think that there’s like three good reasons for that. One, because I was coming to any kind of sport late and So and like all the people who were coming to start to play hockey in Orlando, Florida, none of them grew up playing hockey So I got to sort of start off with other people who were at similar skill levels. Two, I – it was just something that I could socially fit into where all this sort of other mainstream sports, in Orlando I understand the hockey’s mainstream in other places, were sort of already taken by a social strata that I wasn’t gonna fit into. And three, I’m kind of built like a hockey player. I’m 6 1 and and Solid I guess. I like I wasn’t I wasn’t a hundred ninety pounds back then or anything I am now, but I was you know big enough that if I was playing defence It was hard to get through me without, you know, some contact which was mostly frowned upon in our league. Like this body type works well to play defense in hockey where I mean, I also would have worked for a number over those other sports and then there’s the final thing which is when you play hockey Sometimes you play outside but often times you get to play inside at the roller rink, or at the ice skating rink And that is air conditioned!

Why did I Play Hockey!?
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  • June 18, 2018 at 5:17 am
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    Man this video took my mind on a trip, I expected it to be about as a kid like how I "played soccer" (aka standing around talking to my friends and picking the dandelions), then since I'm Canadian hockey is painfully mainstream here, so the idea of it as fringe took a bit.

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  • June 18, 2018 at 6:25 am
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    I played REAL Hockey !!!!!! 😤
    Field Hockey. None of this pansy-arse prancing around on Skate B.S., good solid “if this ball hits me in the knee I may never walk ever again” Hockey !! 😅
    In fact, one Summer I even played Indoor Hockey which much faster & much more dangerous !!!! 😝

    Actually, my story & my reasons for playing were in fact very similar to Hank’s, it’s just that I a) live in Australia so field sports are common, and b) my Dad was big into Hockey (fun fact – my Dad was the first person to teach Gold-Medalist Hockeyroo Alyson Anan-Thate how to play 👍) so in order to feel closer to him I played all during Secondary School (High School, which is Years 7-12 here).

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  • June 18, 2018 at 6:58 am
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    It's expensive to pay hockey in Canada. Ice hockey has so much equipment!

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  • June 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    When I was little, my dad made me play soccer. I barely liked it because I would a lot of bruises. Eventually my dad gave in and I became a theatre nerd‼️

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  • June 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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    well feel like you are mixing up different things for me doing sports and celebrating it are very different. I do play Team Handball since i am 12 and had been playing football (soccer) before that since i was idk 5(?). i really enjoy it for the sports and for the team (though i do not enjoy my current group as much at the moment (all male teams sadly tend to do sexist jokes when alone and some post sexist pictures in our whatsapp group)) but what john is talking about is mostly being a fan and i always had my problems with it, because it often involves being completely uncritical to the point where people will disagree with facts and build their own reality and even more become violent against people just because they chose to support another team.
    And additionally when talking about the world cup you said in the vlogbrothers video that it was not involving politics and i can't disagree more! the whole world cup is politicized by putin to make him look good and to show that he is a credible leader, to here in Germany where newspapers talk about whether chancellor should visit russia and the games or not or even openly boycott the world cup. even the games like Iran vs. Morocco are full of politics because they completely cut diplomatic relations… international sports is politics

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  • June 18, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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    I'm so sorry, but I was very distracted by how one of your hoodie drawstrings was tucked under your hoodie.

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  • June 18, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    indoor sports only!!!

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  • June 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    air conditioning is a great reason to be involved with most things.

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  • June 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    As someone who did both varsity sports and marching band in high school, I always found the disconnect between athletes and musicians odd and troubling considering the similar feelings that came from excelling in both. Like the athletes loved winning games and doing well at the sport and the school spirit that came with that, but didn't get why people would be so invested in band, and the band kids felt the same way about the athletes.

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  • June 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm
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    Oh my god is this HankGreen?

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  • June 18, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    Reaaaally wanted to hear you say "I'm six foot one and I'm tons of fun" at 2:14 😂

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  • June 19, 2018 at 12:27 am
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    What about field hockeeey

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  • June 19, 2018 at 12:42 pm
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    hank if you are going to start doing real things on hank channel then maybe change your profile pic to be not fetus you!

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  • June 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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    Commenting here because maybe it'll get seen but it's really a comment on your OK vlog.

    Just wanted to ask why don't you hire help? Because it came to me as a solution, which I'm totally going to implement as someone who has ADHD if/when I have the financial means, to your problem of you having only limited amount of time you can invest in things.

    You mentioned equality of chores as a reason for not hiring help to do your chores which raises the obvious question of who don't you hire help to do both your chores? That would also make it more equal because both of you would be doing less chores.

    And as long as you pay the person you're hiring a fair wage there's not even a moral problem. I think a lot of us who aren't used to having help around the house, at least this applied to me, feel that it's demeaning for the other person to do our chores and that you're exploiting them but that's really only true if you don't pay them enough or treat them well.

    Tldr. Hire help to do all chores, or most of them, so both you both have more time to do stuff.

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  • June 19, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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    I grew up in the deep south too and was a hockey fan and I ALSO thought it didn't count. HA!

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  • June 19, 2018 at 9:21 pm
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    I got into indervigalist sports. Because I hated team sports as I was just yelled at and bullied by both the other team, my team and my teachers.

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  • June 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm
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    A minute into the video before I realise "hockey" means "ice hockey" haha

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  • June 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm
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    6'1 and committed to defense.

    I bet your goalie's parents loved you.

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  • June 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    I hate sports

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  • June 21, 2018 at 1:36 am
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    Your kids will grow up to be drug dealers, if you're lucky.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    I didn't know that people called the places where you play hockey ice skating rinks, is that just a regional thing? Here we just call it the arena or if it is an older arena we call it a barn…What do you call it where you are from?

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  • June 23, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    Hockey video?

    GO CAPS
    2018 STANLEY CUP CHAMPS!!!

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  • June 24, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    Hank is 6'1?

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  • June 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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    I am all in favor of air conditioned spaces. My goal this summer in South Carolina is to stay inside, especially during the day.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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    I hear you loud and clear on that last point, and I'm a lifelong northerner! XD

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  • June 29, 2018 at 11:21 pm
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    Strangely, that's exactly what I felt when I went to my first hockey game. I have't been to another since, but I would!

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  • July 5, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    Yeah, that wouldn't fly here in Canada. If you're going to play hockey here then you better make it your first choice in sport. You better be really serious about it, because it is more sacred than religion in Canada.

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  • July 13, 2018 at 5:33 am
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    hockey is the best.

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  • July 30, 2018 at 5:47 pm
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    yeah so we're having a heat wave here, and i'm gonna go skating and then i just found this video

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  • August 14, 2018 at 8:52 pm
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    When I played roller hockey, none of my time playing was indoors….

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  • April 4, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    We all know that outdoor sports in Florida suck

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