Murray Cameron

Langley seniors invited to try Walkey Hockey

A unique version of street hockey, geared for older people, enters its third season in Langley.

From the man who brought you Hockey Concussion Blues, Brad Marchand, Goon Two Too, and Bobby Ore Meets Santa Claus, comes Walkey Hockey, “Volume 3.”

Langley senior Murray Cameron, who under the pseudonym “Bobby Orbison” wrote and recorded We Are Canadians, a CD consisting of 11 hockey-themed songs, is organizing yet another season of Walkey Hockey, a low-key version of street hockey in which running is a definite no-no.

The Walkey Hockey co-ed league enters its third season, starting on April 2. With the exception of one participant, all players must be 55 years old and older.

Slapshots are prohibited and players aren’t allowed to run or even jog during games.

Lifting your stick to take a shot, as well as running for or with the ball will result in penalty shots for the opposing team.

Hockey or bike helmets are strongly recommended and there are no goaltenders.

Players shoot at a mini-hockey net, with low shots counting as one point, and three points being awarded for “top shelf,” upper compartment shots.

Forty-minute games will be played Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Douglas Park outdoor lacrosse box.

To sign up, call Cameron at 778-241-7226.

Cameron admits the response to Walkey Hockey in the first two years has been “not very good,” attributing that to the league not having the best of venue.

“We just played near a church on a road,” the 67-year-old said. “Now we’ve got a lacrosse box so it will be better this year.”

The registration fee is just $10 per player for six weeks worth of games.

“That will just cover balls and whistles and maybe a little barbecue at the end [of the season],” Cameron said.

The Walkey Hockey concept came from a wistful song Cameron wrote entitled The streets are in silence, where he reflects about a pastime from decades gone by.

As a young boy, Cameron played hockey on a little street called Scotia Street in Nova Scotia, before moving on to junior A ice hockey in New Glasgow, N.S. Cameron even played a bit of pro in Germany. After suffering his third broken jaw, Murray decided he’d stick to recreational hockey.

“Now you visit Scotia Street and it’s completely empty – no one playing hockey anymore there,” Cameron narrated in his prologue to The streets are in silence.

“That [song] got me going, thinking about older people playing,” Cameron said. “They can’t run, but they need to exercise. When you’re walking and playing hockey, it’s different than going for a walk with the dog or something – it really is. The heart rate goes up higher because you’re in a competition. People are walking fairly fast.

Walkey Hockey carries Cameron back to his childhood, and at the same time gives him and fellow players an opportunity to get their feet moving.

“I think this is something that’s going to grow,” Cameron said. “Anybody that has played it, enjoyed it. Since it’s so new, it’s going to take time.”

 

 

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