Twas the night before Christmas and all through the rink,

The players were stirring, can you smell that hockey stink?

The gloves, pads and skates were hung in the lockers with care,

In hope that the next game soon would be there.

 

The players were ready, they’ve trained and they’ve bled,

With visions of hat tricks dancing in their heads.

The Zambonis were parked, the sticks were taped,

What a beautiful night for a long winter skate.

 

When out on the ice there arose such a clatter,

Gloves were dropped, what exactly was the matter?

The fists they flew through the air like a flash,

The blood hit the ice, drop by drop, with a splash.

 

The combatants were sent to the sin bin for a timeout,

To jaw at each other, to whine and to pout.

They’d get five minutes each, a penance for their sins,

Then come back out and go at it again.

 

The dekes, sick handles, and slap shots they fly,

But the goalie says, “No!” each and every time.

The game has come down to the last little bit,

The crowd rises to their feet, urging their team not to quit.

 

Their team gets the puck with one last chance to score,

As the clock ticks downs, they need one goal more.

The puck moves left then right, and rifled down the boards,

The forecheck crashes in with defensemen and forwards.

 

The puck squirts free, it’s there for the taking,

The home team picks it up and there they go skating.

The goalie, he looks through the steel of his cage,

His weak spots the forward will have to gauge.

 

The shot flies through the thin winter air,

The puck spinning and twisting, this the goalie must snare.

The goaltender lunges, to his left with the glove,

But the sound of puck hitting twine the crowd would surely love.

 

With a thud and a swoosh as the puck hits the net,

The forward wipes his brow of his sweat.

The horn sounds loud for all to hear,

This was the greatest game of the year.

 

With sticks raised high in salute to the crowd,

The home team has won and wow, it is loud!

The three stars skate out and then head out of sight,

The announcer calls out, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a happy hockey night!”