Well, with the NHL discussions going nowhere, I am not as optimistic as I was at the beginning of the year. The lines of communication are open, but no future talks are scheduled. Now, there is gloom and doom coming from the mouths of the players. Everyone is saying there will be no hockey till next year. I say fine. So be it. As bummed about it as I was at the beginning of the season, I am bummed now, but I can get my hockey fix elsewhere. I have Ferris State to cover for USCHO, the Griffins to cover for Michigan Hockey, and I haven’t even scratched the surface on the amount of hockey I can play.

Speaking of playing, I have gotten a few new leads for new goaltending positions. Some of which I don’t think I want to take. I am already going to be playing goal for Doug Smith’s Instructional course, Bulldogs in Rollerhockey, and lastly I am skating out. Right now, that is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening tied up. Along with my day job, USCHO, and Michigan Hockey coverage, my time is growing short. Therefore, I think this is going to be it for this upcoming season. Three nights a week is going to be plenty of time.

Skating out this season has been a lot of fun. This marks the third season in a row I am skating out with marginal success. The problem I have is my hockey sense is still a little off. Well, that and I am afraid to bump people out there. I guess that is why I am in beginner. Anyway, it really is a trip from the norm if you get my drift. I have considered going back to just goaltending, but I just can’t do it right now. If ice times were more reasonable, I would play ice hockey more often. However, that isn’t going to happen either.

Overall, I am satisfied with the choices I have made for the next session.

I am trying to keep my mind off of tomorrow. Playoffs are starting to loom over me a bit, and now is the time it starts to dawn on me. I start to wonder what is going to happen tomorrow and I hope that things go my way. In order to be successful in a one game playoff, you not only have to play well, but the little things have to bounce in your favor. If the puck bounces in the other team’s favor a few times, it is a hard hole for your team to get back into things. 17 minute halves go by so fast. As I said before, all I want is to play a strong game. If we lose, then we lose. I just want my team to know I did a great job and that we gave it our all.

I used “No Regrets” as the slogan of one of my playoff teams about two years ago. We got beat in the first round, but I didn’t regret the good time I had with that team when it was done. I felt that we really worked hard to succeed and despite the loss in the playoffs, it didn’t wipe out a successful season. Lets hope my entire team leaves the rink at the end of the day knowing they gave it their all. No regrets.