I got up on Saturday morning and felt great. This was going to be the opportunity of a lifetime. I stepped out to get my skates sharpened for the game and then headed down to Van Andel Arena at 2:15. There, I got dressed, ate some veggies that the catering company brought in as snacks, and talked with my teammates. At 3:15 we hit the ice. There were about 2,000 people there, and I was excited as ever.
Saturday 2/21 – GR All Stars vrs the Red Wings Alumni
I played a total of 24 minutes which isn’t bad for 3 15 minute stop clock periods. I stopped 15 of 17 shots in the game and I was very pleased with myself. The first goal they got was the first shot I faced. Forward maneuvered to the faceoff circle to my left and wristed the puck five hole on me. The second goal was a shot from the slot that went top corner. The funny thing was that I stopped every deflection they put on me. Same with the odd man rushes where they tried tipping a couple shots past me. I really fanned out in the butterfly well.
The other goalie didn’t have as much luck. He stopped 10 of 15 shots and we lost 8-6 from an empty netter in the last 10 seconds.
After eating up when we got back to the locker room, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways until the banquet dinner later that evening during the Griffins game. During the game itself, after eating all that food, I felt VERY uneasy. I just wasn’t feeling well at all as the night went on. By the morning, I found out I was either suffering from a small bout of food poisoning or food intolerance. That made Sunday very enjoyable let me tell you. 🙁
I am feeling better today though, which is a huge feat. 🙂
The experience is over, but I hope I get invited to do it again next year!