I have always been someone to take my goaltending seriously. If I make a mistake or don’t play well, I am the first to admit it. Today was playoff day, and I played a very solid game in my Brass semifinal and lost in OT 2-1. It was a bitter loss, but I am at ease with it. In the past, if I didn’t make that key save, I beat myself up over it. Now, I just let it go. Whats done is done.
There are some things that really irk me about some of the people I call friends. As a positive person, I always try to instill positive things in people. I may pick on people from time to time, but for the most part, I am a positive guy. I want to see all my friends succeed. Even if they play on other teams or against me. As a goalie, I don’t want to see another goalie lose by a bad goal or a bad bounce. Especially in double or triple OT. A few of my friends seem to find it funny to raz on me a little bit when I lose or if my team doesn’t make playoffs. At first, this upset me. And then I realized how small these people have to be. I do this sport for fun. Playing goal is so much fun and I can’t wait to play everytime when I get a chance. It is just amazing how crappy I am treated from time to time by these people I call friends. That is just their way I suppose.
Now, I get the fun job of having the next 2 weeks in a row off. I still will play on Sunday, but the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun. Relaxation, rest, and a little bit of fun aside from hockey. I love it.
There are some that say that vacation is a great thing. I was on vacation all week last week and it felt great to get a break. My goaltending suffered tonight in both games I played. I suited up for the last time for the old Bulldogs squad and got shelled. I then got shelled again when I subbed for the Phantoms. By some streak of luck though, I won the second game.
I am feeling rather down after my play today. Not only because of all the things that happened to the Bulldogs this season, but the lingering doubt creeping back in my head about what my limits are. Tonight I got shelled and just didn’t play as well as I should have played. Did the week off hurt me more than normal? Was it the fact that maybe I was playing a little over my head? How much longer am I going to be able to play at this level?
The Bulldogs are going to go through some wholesale changes next session. We are adding players from the Fighting Squirrels, a team we played against about a year ago and lost the championship game to by a score of 3-0. The team has a lot of chemistry and it will be interesting to see if the 3 players we add from that team will make our better players a better team.
I am going to have to make some decisions on if I am going to play ice hockey. A lot of leagues are starting up, and I have a feeling if I don’t start looking now, I am not going to be playing. If I do decide to play, it is going to be rough going to bed so late on those hockey nights.
As October 5th gets closer, I get more excited.
Hockey is back and I believe this season will be the best I have ever seen. With all the rule changes, player movements, and excitment the NHL has generated, I am expecting nothing less than a great start. The excitement is going to go through the entire season, olympics, playoffs, and ending with the Stanley Cup. The NHL has one chance to get this right in the eyes of the fans and that time is now. Sure, there are things I would have done to make the NHL more popular. Especially after all the bad things that were done and said with the lockout season that was lost, the NHL has to show what they have this season. I would have sent the players out to local rinks to do skates with fans. I would have had them do charity games in local rinks as well for a cheap price. You make the players more accessable, then good things usually follow.
The NHL has to show it early with all the games. They have to continue to make the calls and make the game exciting as the season goes on. They have to keep things consistant. The casual fans will need to be hooked on hockey fever once more. Once as they are hooked, they will come back.
I just hope the NHL does the right things.
After a batch of bad games in the last 3 weeks, I finally got back in the saddle in a way. I didn’t win, but I played a solid game in a 2-1 loss. I made some mistakes, they hit a few posts on me, but I did very well.
I haven’t won a game in well over 3 weeks now. Most of the games I have struggled with in some instances. I think this is a good sign that I am settling down a little bit and getting my confidence back.