One of the greatest things about the game of hockey is the opportunity to share your passion with your kids.

Think about all that you got to experience in hockey as you grew up in the game - Saturday nights watching Hockey Night in Canada, early morning practices, playing with your friends on the outdoor rink, taking shots on an empty net in the driveway until the sun went down. So many great memories that you won't soon forget.

Having kids is an opportunity to share these experiences with them, and live vicariously through them as they experience the same great feelings that you once did.

On top of that, you can also play together, teach them everything you know, coach their minor hockey teams, go to National Hockey League (NHL) games together or watch your favourite team on television, and much more.

Hockey inherently brings people together, and it's just one of many ways to become closer with your son or daughter.

Share your passion for this great game with your child as soon as you can, because it'll be one of the most rewarding things you can do when you see them step off the ice with a huge smile on their face after they just scored a big game-winning goal.