After 13 years and over 52 rollerhockey seasons, I am 6 weeks away from finishing my last season at Rivertown Sports as a rollerhockey goalie. With my team folding at the end of the season, I am not going to pursue running a new team. With teaching, playing ice hockey, and reffing lacrosse and ice hockey, I just don’t have the time to dedicate to it anymore. I highly doubt any team will come calling for a 40+ year old goalie, so its time.
So many great memories to talk about though. From winning my first championship in August of 2002 all the way up to winning three championships in three different divisions. There is so much I could talk about, but I want this to be less like a permanent retirement. I suppose there is always a chance that I could be picked up by another team, but I am not holding out much hope. I can no longer carry team like I used to.
Its sad actually. I have set the bar so high that there is no way I can go over it anymore. I knew when I reached my goal of 30 championships last year, I knew I was close to a permanent retirement from hockey. With my recent success in ice hockey, I am going to try to get a couple more championships on ice before my permanent retirement from goaltending.
It really has been a great ride, and I am going to miss going to the rink and playing hockey with many great players. Over the years, there have been so many people who I have had the privilege of playing with.
John Granger, who got me the start in net that I was looking for.
Dan Creveling, who added me to the Stickheads. We won 5 championships, one of them my very first in net back in 2002.
Jeff Z., who added me to Malys with many great friends. We achieved 3 championships.
Jeremy Crosby, Phil Stockman, and Andy Rosart, who helped me form Marketlab, a corporate sponsored team who won 4 championships.
The list goes on and on.
With over 6 weeks left in the season, I am really focused on making a positive impact in net. Its been a great ride, and hopefully I will return someday.