Forty years ago, country music superstars Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings stumbled onto a huge hit when they covered a song called Mammas (sic) Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys. With that in mind, somebody might make a lot of money off hockey parents by penning a tune called Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Goalies.
There are few sentences a young hockey player can say that will send his parents into more of a tizzy than, “I want to be a goalie.” There are only two of them on a team, which renders making teams harder. Goaltending equipment at the higher levels is far more expensive, and the pressure of responsibility that comes with playing the position is nothing like what skaters feel. Allyson Tufts should know, because she experienced that very thing with her son,...
About the Author
Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.