Hockey has been likened to an all-too alluring mistress: the one the one that encourages enthusiasts to ignore calls and texts, glance at their phones during conversations at dinner, and spend late nights tucked away at the pub. Though a little sport never hurt anyone, if you’re more tuned into the game than your partner, the romance can quickly end up in the penalty box.
So how does one strike a balance between sports time and together time? How does a couple keep the flame burning (or at least flickering) while keeping up with the action on the ice?
One way is to make game night a social event. Get singles (or couples) together, bring out the beer and wings, and make it an excuse to meet people and make new connections
Another suggestion? Diversify the convo flow. Don’t make hockey the continuous topic of conversation. Talk about other things beyond the stats and penalty minutes. Engage in discussions that shows your interested in what they have to say . . . and you are glad they are there.
Oh . . . and unplug during couple time. While it may be hard, resist the urge to check scores, get the latest updates or engage in text with friends during date night. This kind of play will only land you in the penalty box at best -- or completely ejected from the game.
Also, even a die-hard fan can miss a game here and there. Be sure you take timeout to invest in one-on-one time with your sig other.
The lessons learned from hockey—engaging your partner, managing individual and shared interests—are important relationship skills that will come in handy, even when the season is over.