EHL Part I - A New Team
Equestria Hockey League Part I: A New Team
One cold, winter afternoon, Princess Celestia was sitting on her royal throne bored with no royal duties left to be performed for the rest of the day. Seeing the glistening, white snow gently falling outside, she devised a plan to create some outdoor winter fun for her subjects in Canterlot. As Princess Celestia looked out upon the palace, she noticed she had a prime piece of property to use for this plan. The royal pond was currently barren and closed off for the winter. Using her magic, Princess Celestia refilled the pond with water and then froze it, leaving a sparkling sheet of ice. Soon after, the Canterlot ponies began to visit the palace to skate on the royal pond.
One day in the heart of the winter season, a visiting pony from a land far away brought some curious equipment with him to the royal pond. He brought a bundle of large wooden sticks, two netting apparatus, and a single black rounded stone. The visitor then expla
EHL Part II - Training CampEHL Part II - Training Camp3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Equestria Hockey League Part II Training Camp
The radiant sun rose on a new winter day. A rooster crowing in the distance awoke Twilight Sparkle from her slumber. This day marked the beginning of the Ponyville Golden Leafs' training camp. Twilight slowly got out of bed and prepared herself for the long, physical day ahead. Spike also gradually came to life and helped Twilight gather up all the items and equipment they needed for camp. With jerseys, sticks, pads, skates, and nets in tow, Twilight and Spike set out for Ponyville Pond.
Upon arriving at the pond, Twilight saw her friends arriving one by one. Rainbow Dash was half asleep, using a fluffy, white cloud to help move her towards the pond while Applejack followed behind stepping slower than a snail. Fluttershy daintily fluttered down the path while Rarity, with sleeping mask still on, used her magic to move herself along. To no one's surprise, Pinkie Pie hopped past all of them, skipping along as i
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The following day after the Ponyville Golden Leafs' tension-packed, fight-filled victory over the Fillydelphia Flyers, Twilight Sparkle had administrative duties to perform. Earlier that morning, the other Golden Leafs stopped by to donate their share of the team's 10,000 bit fine to the EHL. Applejack offered to pay more than her share for she was still feeling guilty about receiving a suspension and putting the team in a tough spot. Twilight sent the fine payment along with a message asking if Spike could substitute for Applejack in the Golden Leafs' lineup for their next game at Cloudsdale.
Twilight nervously paced inside the treehouse, waiting for the EHL's response. Spike was casually lounging in a chair near the fireplace, reading a superhero comic. Twilight periodically looked over at Spike to see if he had belched a new message. Feeling small vibrations from Twilight's pacing, Spike peered up over his co
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Giant buildings shadowing every inch of the ground. Crowded streets teeming with rushing carts and carriages. Delicious smells of various shops filling the daytime air. This was Manehattan, the site of the Ponyville Golden Leafs' first EHL game that evening. Twilight Sparkle and her team of rag-tag ponies all looked up, down, and around, admiring their urban surrounding with great wonder. Of the ponies, Rarity was the one most excited by the atmosphere, squealing and gushing over every high-class fashion boutique they passed. Pinkie Pie hopped with an extra spring in her step towards the many bakeries and eateries down the main street. Spike rode along as Twilight Sparkle's brain rushed with flowing questions and curiosity as she encountered things she had never seen before: traffic posts, street performers, and giant billboards. Rainbow Dash found herself feeling comfortable and at peace among
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The westward train chuggled along at great speed toward Appleloosa. The landscape gradually transformed from the white, winter wonderland of Ponyville to the brown, dry desert of the Western lands. On board the train were the Ponyville Golden Leafs, awaiting their arrival at their next opponent's city. In the lodging car, Twilight, Spike, and friends sat around bored with not much else to do.
"Ugh, it's so boring on this train. I knew I should've brought my books," said Twilight with a sigh.
"I know what we can do! We can braid each other's manes. It would be soooo fabulous!" Rarity exclaimed.
Rainbow Dash stuck out her tongue in disgust. "I think I'd rather watch paint dry than do that frilly girly stuff."
"Ah'm with Rainbow on that one," said Applejack. Rainbow then gave Applejack a hoof bump.
Pinkie Pie bounced up and down from her seat bubbling with
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Equestria Hockey League Part XIII Quarterfinals: Game 1
Playoffs fever swept through Ponyville like a voracious hurricane. Golden Leafs decorations and ornaments adorned nearly every house and shop. The streets were lined with blue banners and gold lighting. Ponyville Pond was the place to be during the week as Ponyvillians lined up at the box office daily to purchase their playoffs tickets.
While there was great excitement and buzz outside Ponyville Pond, there was great focus and determination inside the arena as the Golden Leafs practiced for their first game. On one end of the rink, the starters, led by Twilight, ran through some new forechecking drills. Twilight theorized that the Golden Leafs can pressure the Rangers into giving up more turnovers in their own end. More turnovers would then lead to more scoring opportunities for the forwards. On the other side of the rink, the Golden Leafs' latest acquisitions, Big Macintosh and Spike, brushed up on
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The day of the next Golden Leafs game, Twilight and Spike met their friends at the carriage station to board their ride to nearby Fillydelphia. During the week, the Golden Leafs met twice for practice. The first practice was spent working on special teams, especially the penalty kill as they allowed three power play goals against Canterlot. The second practice was spent working on their toughness and checking so that their bodies could handle the second-half grind. Both practices were lively and hard-hitting as the Golden Leafs turned their irritation for the Flyers into physical energy. After the poison joke package and the ominous doll message left for them, the Golden Leafs were anxious to meet the Flyers back out on the ice so that they get their hooves on them.
Aboard the carriage, Twilight reviewed the first game against Fillydelphia and refreshed her friends on the Flyers' playing style. Rainb
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Twenty-four hours removed from the Ponyville Golden Leafs' first victory over the Appleloosa Black Apples, Twilight Sparkle awoke to begin a new day. Twilight slinked to the side of the bed and put all her hooves to the floor. After a big yawn and stretch, she made her way down the stairs a bit dazed. With eyes half shut, Twilight landed in the common room and surveyed the area. She saw some books lying askew on shelves, the curtains ruffled and swaying in the morning breeze, and a pile of golden flakes on the table. Unmotivated to clean up her living room, Twilight turned around to head back upstairs when a cold splash of fear sent a shockwave throughout her body. She ran to the table and saw the dangerous poison joke plant swaying innocently as if it was mocking her. Twilight's mind began to spin like a top as she inspected the golden flakes, panicking about what joke might have befallen her th
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Another "X" marked on the calendar to begin another day of loneliness for Twilight Sparkle. She sighed loudly as she glanced at the current day's square and saw the words "weekly practice" in bold red letters. Twilight lazily began to ready herself for the long day, dragging herself to the mirror to brush her mane. Spike rustled out of his sleep and yawned his way up and out of his bed. Even while rubbing his eyes, Spike could see Twilight's distress. He let out one last yawn and stretched out his tiny limbs.
"Well somepony looks down in the dumps. What's wrong Twilight?"
Twilight looked away from the mirror and down at her hooves. "I don't know Spike. Ever since the Appleloosa game, I've been feeling incredibly lonely and a bit guilty."
Spike walked up next to Twilight and began fussing with his scales in the mirror beside her.
"Lonely I can understand, but guilty? The girls weren't listening to y
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Equestria Hockey League Part X One Rotten Apple
The Ponyville Golden Leafs' next contest versus the visiting Appleloosa Black Apples was rapidly approaching. Still reeling from their third period collapse in Cloudsdale, Twilight and her friends did not meet once for practice. Depression and lethargy were lingering like a bad illness as the Golden Leafs finally scavenged up enough energy to meet the night before game day to scout the Black Apples. As Twilight prepared her review notes, Spike and the others were calmly chatting away. No pony dared to say a peep about hockey and they all cautiously covered a variety of other topics. Twilight closed her scouting journal and was ready to inform her team. Everypony kept to their conversations, ignoring Twilight standing before them. Twilight had to clear her throat loudly to receive the Golden Leafs' attention.
"Ahem! Thanks for showing up tonight. I know it's been a rough week, but if we gather up enoug
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It was day one of EHL All-Star Weekend. Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash were excited to leave Ponyville behind for a small vacation and to mingle with the greatest the EHL had to offer. Since all the festivities were being held in Canterlot this year, Twilight and Rainbow were transported by a royal chariot to the capitol city. When their chariot landed, they were met by EHL Commissioner Gary Bettpony and the rest of the EHL executives. The royal palace was adorned in multiple banners and decorations. Each EHL team had their logo emblazoned on a banner as well as a magical floating portrait of their all-star selections. Twilight and Rainbow squealed excitedly when they saw their massive photo shot floating above the Golden Leafs' banner. As the all-star Golden Leafs trotted on toward the palace, a trumpet fanfare from the royal guards blared out, announcing their arrival.
As they approached the royal
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The following day after the Golden Leafs' exhilarating victory over the Fillydelphia Flyers, Ponyville buzzed with excitement and fervor despite the freezing temperatures. More and more Golden Leafs signs, merchandise, and other various trinkets were cropping up in each house and shop. Sugarcube Corner began selling Golden Leafs cupcakes, each pastry depicting the team's logo in delicious icing. Applejack, Apple Bloom, and Big Macintosh painted their apple selling cart to reflect the Golden Leafs' royal blue and gold colors. Rarity spent her days off stitching up Golden Leafs jerseys, hats, saddles, and even dresses, to sell at the Carousel Boutique. Golden Leafs fever was sweeping through Ponyville and Twilight and company couldn't have been more proud.
Enjoying her day off, Twilight lounged in front of the fireplace. She was reading a new book, calmly flipping through the pages. As she turned to the next
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Off to Canterlot were the Ponyville Golden Leafs on a sunny, yet chilly winter morning. Inside the carriage, Twilight and company, accompanied by Sweetie Belle, eagerly chattered about things to do once they arrived in the capitol city. Rarity was the most excited of the ponies as she bounced from window to window, trying to observe Canterlot's splendor.
"Ooh we absolutely MUST visit Hoity Toity's fashion studio. It's been ages since I've seen him last!"
Applejack yanked Rarity away from the window. "Hold yer horses there, Rarity. We need ta' see Canterlot's famous golden apple trees! I'ma take an apple home and plant its seeds at the farm!"
"Pfft, golden apples, schmolden schmapples. I'm going to find the headquarters of the royal air guard and check out their awesome military stuff and maybe learn a new trick!" said Rainbow Dash with an excited squeak in her voice.
Fluttershy tried pushing R
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"Come onnnn! Where is it? I scheduled us to leave at four! It's already going on five!" shouted an exasperated Twilight Sparkle. In front of their mountain of hockey bags, the Ponyville Golden Leafs stood waiting for their carriage to Manehattan. Twilight nervously paced about while each of her friends followed her with their eyes.
"Don't pace yourself too hard, dear. You don't want to get tired before the game, do you? Come stand here and relax," said Rarity as she shooed away Applejack to make room.
Applejack shot Rarity a quick, stern look before moving over. "Rarity's right, Twi. We need to conserve all the energy we can if we wanna be sharp for tonight. Energy savin' is mighty important, ain't it big brother?"
"Eeyup. That's the truth alright."
Twilight stopped her pacing but instead directed her nervousness into rapidly tapping her hoof. "But if we're late for the game, they might ma
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Two days had passed since the Ponyville Golden Leafs returned home from their tough loss to the Manehattan Rangers. During those days off, Twilight and her friends rested and completed their usual chores and jobs. On the third day, the Golden Leafs met for practice at Ponyville Pond. Instead of constructing the boards and glass on the ice, Twilight had Spike only bring two nets, the sticks, and the girls' practice uniforms. Right on time, the remaining Golden Leafs arrived to the rink. Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie joined Twilight at the edge of the rink. The ponies shivered as they changed into their pads. A cold wind blew fiercely as grey clouds hung low over the pond in the afternoon. Twilight looked around for Applejack but there were no signs of her.
"Hey girls, did any of you hear from Applejack?" asked Twilight
Fluttershy shook her head as she laced up her skates. "No, none of us has.
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The Ponyville Golden Leafs were back home in Ponyville awaiting to hit the ice to even up their series with the Cloudsdale Red Wings. Winter was in its final day with spring quickly arriving. Waking up later than usual, Twilight Sparkle drowsily glanced at the calendar to see what day it was. Encircled and in bold, black letters read "WINTER WRAP-UP".
"Oh I completely forgot that winter wrap up is today! Ugh, I'm going to be late!"
Twilight galloped around her bedroom to grab her multi-team leader vest and her Golden Leafs hat and scarf and bolted out the door. When she arrived at town hall, the rest of her teammates were there in their respective vests. The other Ponyvillians were already hard at work helping to clean winter away. Twilight stood with her friends who were being instructed by Mayor Mare.
"It is quite alright. Your team has a very important game coming up. We do not expect you to help us
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Equestria Hockey League Part XVI Semifinals: Game 1
Ponyville Pond was alive with lights and echoing sounds. The Ponyville Golden Leafs, fresh off their quarterfinals series victory over the Manehattan Rangers, were hard at work preparing for their next opponent, the Cloudsdale Red Wings. The pounding of the puck on the boards reverberated to the rafters as a faint smell of sweat dissipated into the cold air. Once the Leafs' general practice routine was finished, Twilight rounded up the team to go over strategy.
"Alright team, when we face Cloudsdale, we have a very big task in front of us. Spitfire is the best scorer in the EHL and she's super fast. We're going to pay special attention to her in order to stop her from single-handedly beating us. I want us to double team her to ensure we always have somepony pressuring her. To practice this task, we're all going to chase Rainbow in pairs. Rarity and Applejack will go first, then Fluttershy and I, then Bi
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Equestria Hockey League Part XV Quarterfinals: Game 3
On the eve of the most important game of their young careers, Twilight Sparkle and the Ponyville Golden Leafs were putting the finishing touches on what could potentially be their last practice. The main objective was to pound the Rangers with physicality and to stifle them with tight defense. Toward the end of practice, Rarity began to feel a throbbing pain in her hooves. She skated off to the side boards and plopped herself down to take her front skates off. Concerned, Twilight rushed over to see what was wrong.
"What's wrong, Rarity? Are you hurt?"
"Oh Twilight, I shouldn't have done it. I thought I was going to be okay! I had no idea it would come back to haunt me so!"
Twilight was greatly confused. "Just what are you talking about?"
"Well I received an extremely important order for twenty hockey jersey dresses. I would have declined but the money was just too good to turn down. The dresses were v
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A week had passed since the EHL Pre-Seasonal Meetings in Manehattan and the Ponyville Golden Leafs were gathered at Twilight's treehouse to discuss their upcoming season. Lying comfortably and content atop giant, fluffy pillows were Rarity, Fluttershy, and Sweetie Belle. Standing beside them were Applejack and Pinkie Pie, both with eager looks upon their faces. At the head of the room was Twilight Sparkle, furiously shuffling and organizing her many notes that she had intended to go over with her team. As she sifted through her mounds of paper, Spike tip-toed at the top of a ladder. He struggled to hammer the final nail in place for the hanging of the Golden Leafs' schedule banner. With a giant smack, Spike began falling backwards and flailed about. Before tumbling off his perch, Spike was swooped up by Rainbow Dash and was safely lowered to the floor.
"Thanks, Rainbow! I could've been a goner!"
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"Attention! May I have your attention please?"
The gruff voice of the EHL Commissioner rumbled to each corner of the noisy conference room, quickly quelling the raucous conversation like a flame being snuffed out on a candle. Visibly worn and exhausted, Gary Bettpony sat in a large, plush leather chair at the head of a long, mahogany meeting table. He was flanked on both sides by EHL Vice President Coltin Campbell on his left and new EHL Head of Player Relations and EHL Disciplinarian Brendan Shaneighan on his right. Also in attendance were the six representatives of the six illustrious EHL franchises. Seated closest to the commissioner was the representative of the recently crowned Celestia Cup Champion Canterlot Equestriens, Princess Luna. The princess, with a noticeably taller physique and a more nocturnal aura in her mane, sat patiently and regall
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Sand, Surf and Friendship
by Cloud Watcher
Twilight Sparkle and her close group of friends were brimming with excitement as the sky carriage landed. They had just arrived in the tiny seaside town of Gallop Cove, and were looking forward to a week of fun and relaxation at the seaside. It was a quaint, quiet town that avoided most of the big herds of tourists that usually flocked to the coast. The princess had told her student that she and her sister preferred the small hamlet for their private retreats, recommending it as a reward for her diligent studies. Touching down, the six ponies and Spike thanked the pegasus drivers before they left then made their way to the local inn.
"Can you believe how beautiful this place is?" Rarity asked. "And all those shops have the most fabulous seashell jewelry. I'll just have to get some of those abalone shells for my dresses."
"Suit yourself," Rainbow Dash said, "but I'm gonna hit the skies.
Shipping and Handling Chap. 1"That is the last straw!"Shipping and Handling Chap. 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The bulky brown Pegasus slammed his front hooves down on the desk so hard, Ditzy Doo feared it would split in two. He positively glowered at the grey pegasus, his face just inches from hers.
"I I'm sorry, boss " Ditzy mumbled, shrinking back a bit. "Uh it won't happen again?" Her apology was phrased more like a question.
"Oh, right. Sure. That's believable " the larger pegasus snorted, twisting his black baseball cap haphazardly. "I mean, what are the odds of Ditzy Doo screwing up another delivery? I mean, that never happens..."
Ditzy winced at the harsh sarcasm in her superior's voice. Still, she managed to work up the nerve to ask the inevitable question.
"So " she began, trying her best to focus both her eyes on the angry pony in front of her. " Um how much are you gonna' dock my pay this time?"
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CHAPTER 1 DINNER FLIGHT
Twilight was hanging on for dear life.
As a long-time resident of Canterlot, favored by the Princess Celestia almost as an apprentice, Twilight had often ridden pegasus-chariots reserved for the elite. It was among the best ways for ponies without wings to travel, and had never been a frightening experience. But then, she had never ridden a chariot pulled by Rainbow Dash.
"Slow down!" Twilight pleaded as she wrapped her forelegs around the guard-rail of the passenger cockpit. "This is just a prototype!" As if on cue, one of the running-lights tore free of the yoke and fell, hopefully to land somewhere uninhabited. The outskirts of Canterlot were almost a mile below, and Twilight was also worried about the effects of altitude on the spells she had cast upon the chariot. The panicked words were all but lost in the wind