I have sat here with this blank journal entry in front of me for the last few weeks. Apparently, my status updates on facebook and twitter are getting a bit too short. Its time to jump back on the blogging front. All in all, 2010 was a great year. Life treats me well that is for sure. I have a great family, job, and I still enjoy playing hockey. My knee pain is all but gone, and I have a great bunch of friends. I don’t think things could be any better.
Last year, one of the goals I set for myself was to achieve 30 hockey championships. After all I had 27 heading into the new year. I promised myself I would never complain again if I lost in the playoffs after I hit 25 total championships. Unfortunately, I have been true to my word. I have been faced with many playoff disappointments over the course of the last few seasons. Most of them where my teams have just been outplayed. Of course, I probably shoulder the load of losing more than I should, which is a bad habit to get into. Heaven knows I have had my chances, and this season is no exception. I have 2 teams with top seeds that have the skill and ability to win division championships. I am eager to get out there and prove myself once again. The only thing standing in my way is my confidence level, which has not been very high after losing out over the course of the last year in situations like this.
There once was a time where I was considered to be the playoff goalie. I would come up with those big saves in key situations. I could steal games from top seeded teams and do what needed to be done in order to win games when the score was close. Now, with me getting older, I have felt my confidence ebb away from me as I have come up empty in playoffs.
The glass half full part of me looks at my last ice hockey playoff victory when my 7th seeded team played the 2nd seeded team and won 2-1 in what probably was the best game I have played in a long time. Not since I won my first ice hockey playoff game by a final score of 1-0 was a win that big for me and my team. I intend to bring that same intensity and focus into the games tomorrow. With any luck, the puck will bounce my teams’ way all day and I will turn my fortunes around.
Obviously, it’s a team effort. We will win as a team and lose as a team. No exceptions.
Here is to the best of luck to my teams tomorrow.