July 26, 2019

Big Oooof

I can barely believe it's been four months since my last update and oh what an update it is!

The spring season ended without a championship for any of my teams but playoffs were fun and the summer season has already started.

I've been tracking my 2019 games and passed 100 in early July with just over half of those in net. The GAA and Save % stats are taking a beating but I'll save the summary for the end of the year. I think I'll get close to 200 total games if I stay injury free.

Oh ya, I got all new goalie gear! My vehicle was stolen in June and inside were my pads and sticks (Big Oooof) while the rest of my gear was inside my garage. RIP those beautiful all-red CCM Retroflex pads. I've given up hope of ever seeing them again.

I made a trip to Goalie Monkey in Allen, Texas and was helped through the process of buying my first ever all-new set by Chris Dudo and Sam Solomon. After a few hours and trying a bunch of brands and models, I decided to pull the trigger on the CCM Koho Revolution 599 with matching glove and blocker and got a sweet deal. You can read more about them here and here.

I've played a handful of times with the new set at the time of this post and I can say I am in love with the strapping system the reduced weight and the seal on the ice. I've had several fellow goalies tell me I look more mobile and quick wearing this setup.

To go along with my new gear, I received my GGSU raffle prize from Ray at New Image Goalie Masks– a custom made Shark 954 Classic Pro.

I've been using my CCM 9000 for about three years and moving into this Shark was amazing. The fit is perfect and I've already taken a few clappers to the face without any vibration or ringing. Can't say enough about how much I like this mask so far. Thank you Ray for the great prize!

Finally I ordered some new sticks from Jonathan Ayla at Lonestar Hockey– who is a good friend to me the DFW hockey community. He has a good selection of player sticks and I've grown to love his goalie sticks after saying goodbye to the last of my Sherwood T-120s. Hit him up if you are local.

So will all this new gear thrust my game to new heights of beer league excellence? So far I'm 1-3 with a GAA north of 6 in them but I'm quick to say that a carpenter never blames his tools. I love this new gear and a huge thanks to everyone who helped me along the way.

March 22, 2019

Another Shot at Beer League Glory

I've been lazy with updates so far in 2019 but today I'll jot down a few random thoughts that have been with me recently.

Once More Into The Fray

Tonight the Puck Hawgs are back into the playoff bracket with another chance at securing a championship. Since moving to a new rink 4 seasons ago, we've been in the running and lost 3 consecutive finals in what has become the toughest division we've played in our history as a team.

Our lineup is impressive with potent scoring and terrific defense and I struggle worrying that I am the weak link. Scanning the stats in the division, I sit mid-pack in GAA and no goalie has recorded a shutout but tonight as we take the ice for our first round game I hope that I can elevate my game to keep the pressure off my guys. I don't want them to have to score 7 just to have a chance at the win.


Lots of people call me "Big Al" in net but recently another team in the Puck Hawgs division added a new goalie– a transplant from up north I've heard. The kid is massive. 6'6" is my best guess and he plays a style not that different from my own. I think I will try and reach out to him and see if he's interested in a profile on this blog.

Responsible Skaters

I got absolutely destroyed in a game this week. A player on a break away skated full speed into me as I met him at the crease. The main point of contact was my head and two days later I'm still not feeling like myself. Whether or not I have suffered a concussion isn't the point. If you are playing beer league hockey knowing that every single one of us has to get up and go to work in the morning, why would you risk injuring yourself and someone else by skating out of control? Do me and every other player who pays to play hockey a favor. Play within your skill level.

New Bucket

I was lucky enough to win a raffle prize from GGSU (Goalie Gear Sluts United)– a Facebook group for tendies– who raise money for good causes every year. My prize was a custom bucket from New Image (http://www.newimagegoaliemask.com/) and I've reached out to them to ask for some photos of the mask in production. My hope is to share some information about the build process along with the final product. I'm really excited to see how it turns out and I may need to reach out to Skinfx (https://www.facebook.com/Skinfxwraps/)for a new wrap once it arrives.