The original title for this piece was "Hockey in the Hood." It's catchy and slightly alliterative, something both Jesse Jackson and Walt "Clyde" Frazier would undoubtedly support. With that said, it also sounded like some short-lived, municipally funded, inner-city after-school program designed to teach the rules of the game to "troublesome" youth in dire need of constructive extracurricular options. On top of that, something about "hood" wasn't sitting well with me.
So I scratched it.
This isn't about any sort of program or initiative, but instead an attempt to illustrate the most fascinating neighborhood transformation I've ever had the privilege to witness.