Alan J. Schwarz
7 min readFeb 5, 2024

Cement Heads will always be Cement Heads

Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay

Alan Sprackman, sixty three years old, five foot six (and twelve pounds overweight) was chugging down the ice. His head was down so he didn’t see Earnie DiGrego came flying from across the other side. DeGrego a notoriously dirty player forcefully pushed the knob end of his hockey stick into Alan’s face. All the guys from both teams stopped and watched in horror as Alan crumbled to the ice. DeGrego took the puck and started skating the other way. He was the only guy in the arena moving.

Sprackman laid motionless and the only words anybody heard came from the Auto Rims bench. Someone muttered under his breath ‘’Holy Shit, I think Sprackman’s dead.’’

Michael McDonald the organizer of the Beer League happened to be playing on DeGrego’s teams and in a screaming voice yelled for anyone near a phone to call 911. There was panic in his voice, as he looked over at Sprackman on the ice and DeGrego shooting the puck into the net like he didn’t have a care in the world.

‘’You are a Fucking idiot DeGrego, if you killed Sprackman, I hope they send you to jail for the rest of your life, you fucking cement head.’’ DeGrego looked at McDonald and laughed. ‘’He probably had the air knocked out of him. I just gave him a check, no big deal.’’ Two of the guys on Sprackman’s team skated over. One of the them Walt Grealis shook his head ‘’You are a fucking buffoon, we saw you hit him in the face with the butt end of your stick.’’ DeGrego laughed, ‘’Yeah, if I did it was an accident, and prove I did anything wrong, is there videotape?’’

There was a moaning coming from the ice and slowly, Alan Sprackman started to lift his head. The other players skated over and told him to wait till the paramedics came before moving, but he ignored them and and was soon on his knees, trying to stand up. DeGrego skated over to McDonald ‘’See, I told you I didn’t kill him.’’

Alan was wobbly as he stood on his skates and with the help of a couple of guys was escorted to the dressing room. He had a blank look in his eyes.‘’What happened?’’ Mike Gratton one of the guys helping him off the ice pointed to DeGrego. ‘’Cement Head butt ended your face into the boards on a blindside. I think you need to go to the ER to be checked out. You could…



Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.