The year in review

I had many goals set for myself this coming year.  I thought I would go through each one of them and set new ones.

1. Achieve 25 rollerhockey championships.  At the beginning of the year I had 23, so I thought that 25 was going to be obtainable.  As it turns out, I now have 27 which is far more than I ever could have thought possible.

2. Win my very first ice hockey championship.  This did not come true, not even close.  I really missed my opportunity in 2008 when I laid an egg in the finals.  Maybe this year will be different.

3. Get one year closer to my MBA degree. One year closer, but still not scheduled to graduate until 2011 or so.

4. Keep up with technology.  Achieved and still working on it.

5. Get plenty of sleep every night. Achieved for the most part.  I need to get to bed sooner every now and again, but I am achieving my goal.

6. Never forget your friends and family.  Achieved and still working on it.

7. Take good care of my knees.  Achieved, but I really need to decrease my playtime a bit.  I just love hockey so much.

Now I set my new goals for this year.  As normal, I will set my goals high.

1.  Achieve 30 rollerhockey championships.  This is going to be much harder than winning 2 to get to 25 last year.  The issue here is that I am not fielding teams to win championships alone.  In the twilight of my playing days, I want to play with my friends.  I have no interest in playing to win championships anymore.  If the championships come, they will be by luck, not by design.  Still, I have a good shot at getting 28 in January, so I am hoping I get lucky this coming year.

2.  Win my very first ice hockey championship.  I don’t know how I am going to get there, but I won’t get there unless I keep playing and working hard.

3.  Get one year closer to my MBA degree.  Target graduation in 2011-2012.

4.  Keep up with technology.  Same as last year.  I have to keep up with the new tech that comes out and be tech savvy.

5.  Get plenty of sleep every night.  7 hours minimum is important for my health.

6.  Never forget your friends and family.  Same as last year, but I will be improving that.

7.  Take good care of my knees.  I may actually reduce my playtime this coming year.

8.  Hang out more with my friends when I can.  I have to make a push to go out more with the friends that I have.  I have shunned them in the past and that isn’t a good thing.  When given the opportunity to hang with them, I am going to do it.

9.  Improve my skating.  This leads into being a better referee.  One thing that I got hit with this year was my average skating.  I want to do more travel games next year and the only way I am going to get those games is to get out there and keep skating.  I plan on attending power skating clinics and/or acceleration skating program.  I want to be a 100% better skater next year.

10.  Improve my refereeing.  I have come a long way this year, but next year I want to be even better than I was this year at reffing.

11.  Achieve level 2 refereeing certification.  I should be able to get there next year with some studying and hard work on the ice.

Have a great new year!

Not a great night

Tonight I played probably some of the worst hockey in the last 6 months.  My team didn’t play that magnificent in front of me, but I hardly infused them with any confidence.  My attitude was not the best either as I lashed out at my teammates.  Mind you, I may yell at my team, but the last thing I want to do is demean them.  Tonight, I did just that and I felt terrible after the game is over.  There is an old adage that you win as a team and you lose as a team.  We sit in a solid 3rd place in the division with 2 games to go, and I should be thinking about the next game.  I shouldn’t be getting on my team like that.

I learned from my lesson though.  I have to get back to playing solid hockey.  The last few weeks have been inconsistent from a goaltending standpoint.  I have one more game this week and then the next two weeks after that to really buckle down and get my act in order before playoffs start.

The first thing I am going to do is give myself an attitude adjustment before my next game.

Controlling your own destiny

In hockey, its always better to control your own destiny when it comes to making playoffs.  Its always better to not be chasing a spot and be the team that has secured one.  So far, two of my three teams control their own destiny.  Marketlab and Malys are in good spots right now and with limited games to go, they both should make the playoffs.  Who Cares made a good move today with a 1-1 tie with the first place team overall.  I couldn’t be more proud of Who Cares after the game today.  Many players made sacrifices during the game that enabled us to get key points toward a playoff spot.

Controlling your own destiny also means that you are in control of your life as well.  I have made great strides this year in becoming a better person.  Not only in a hockey sense, but also in a life sense.  I am now refereeing on a regular basis which fuels me to get better at it so the kids, parents, and coaches are satisfied with my hard work and dedication.  Work is going very well in addition.  I have made great strides this year in my personal life and look to make many more next year and many years to come.

I watched Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture” on Youtube a few weeks ago and I was floored.  For those of you who haven’t watched it, please take the time to do so.  It really did put a new perspective on life for me and fueled my desire to make the world a much better place and at the same time, achieve my childhood dreams.

I have achieved so much this year, and I will post more about that as I look back and reflect upon the year that was.  I am not just talking about in a hockey sense, but in a total life sense.  For now though, I am going to bed.  I am really going to be happy with 5 straight days off to rest and relax.  Well, with all the traveling I have to do, I won’t be resting that much.  I sure am going to get as much in as I can though.

Not the best day

It is just simply amazing how one day you can be on top of your game and playing real well.  Then the next day you find yourself not able to stop a beach ball.  I had one of the bad days last night as Marketlab lost 9-6 after I made some colossal blunders in net.  The second game Marketlab played would have been a loss as well if it wasn’t for the team in front of me.

So what did I learn from yesterday?  I had a bad day in net.  I had a problem shaking myself from yesterday’s games though.  Even today I was second guessing and kicking myself for the losses.  Gotta rebound though because we have two weeks off and then we are back to work again.  The regular season title is still ours to lose and with the way the top teams have played us hard, the playoffs are going to be a tough fight.

My other teams are doing well.  Maly’s is in a 3 way tie for 1st place.  Who Cares is clinging to a playoff spot, but we are going to have to play our best games through the last 4 weeks to make it.

Oh, and I finally get to play ice hockey tonight after over a month.  I am really looking forward to it because I don’t know how much longer I will be playing as a goalie on ice.  Being an ice hockey referee has really pushed me into changing a bit when it comes to playing hockey.  Instead of goaltending, I may start skating out.  This in conjunction with working on my skating and endurance for next season’s officiating season.  Going to enjoy playing tonight though thats for sure.

I have to start posting more.  So much has happened and just now, after I turn in a bad performance in hockey last night, do I feel the need to post an update.  That’s a bad precedence to set.