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.