Life After Hockey

With my right knee giving me as much problems as it is, it got me to thinking about my life after hockey.

This journal has about 5 years of entries. That just accounts for half of my hockey career as I have been playing a total of 10 years. In that time, I have had so much fun playing the game. I have had great success playing a sport that others have just watched on television. Unlike other sports I played in high school, this is one that has tested my mental and physical ability more than anything else I have ever done.

Now, at the age of 36, my mind slowly turns to the downslide of my goaltending career.

Actually, some of my best goaltending happened from 2005-2007 when I was winning championships in various divisions I played in. I was given great opportunities to win and I cashed in on every one of them. After going 10 straight playoff seasons with a championship, with the last coming in January of 2008, I promised myself I would never complain again about not winning a championship.

It started to matter less about playing to win a trophy and more about playing with my friends. In the last season, I have started to accomplish that. There are a few other teams and players I wish to play with a full season before I am done, however I will accomplish that.

So what after hockey? What will come next in my life? What am I going to do when I am finished playing?

These are very tough questions. Questions I am not prepared to answer quite yet. Still, they are questions that I am asking myself right now and questions I will have to answer in the next few years.

Sub par performance

Playing for Malys today, we were ensured of a playoff spot. However, I really wanted to beat this Hurricane house team that had beaten us 2-1 before. Tonight we lost again by a final of 5-4. I let in a couple goals that I should have had. One that went five hole on me off the faceoff. Another few that I just missed. It was a night of unfortunate bounces by my team as well. The other team just blocked a ton of shots. Their goalie played a great game.

I was outplayed tonight, but all bets are off when it comes to Saturday playoffs next weekend. If there is one thing I have learned, facing some adversity in the season is a good way to prepare for a playoff run. Gives the players something to look forward to. Gives me something to look forward to. A little redemption or a little salt in the wound so to speak.

My knee was very sore and stiff when I got up this morning. After playing tonight, its the same. I think my game performance was not up to par due to my knee. Course, a little Ibuprofin never hurt thats for sure. I will see how my knee feels tomorrow before I choose to play or not. I want to be 100% for Wednesdays ice hockey game and Thursday’s double header game I have. So I might be finding a sub goalie for tomorrow depending on how I feel.

Based on how I have been playing on Tuesday’s lately, maybe I should find a sub.