As anyone who has read more than a few entries of this blog knows, I write as much about the community of hockey, a family of a kind, as anything else. When I came back to hockey I never considered that the greatest part of it was going to be the friendships I gained. I thought it was all about being back on the ice and how I might fare in net.
A few weeks ago I turned 50. My wife Amy demanded I put on a clean shirt and pushed me out the door on our way to a birthday surprise. As we turned into one of our local rinks she told me we were going have a beer with some our friends and I couldn't think of a better way than that to start a birthday outing. Moments later I was in a locker room suiting up for a game. A very special game.
The after party was as glorious as the game. Friends who couldn't attend sent greetings and videos. There was beer, food and gifts and my daughters at my side. Writing this now, weeks after, has me choked up again at the outpouring of well wishes.
A funny thing happened when I came back to hockey. I've found out it isn't the hockey. It's the friends.
I have to make special mention of the wonderful photos of the day provided by Amy Holland. A local Dallas photographer, I hope you will keep her in mind for your events.
Extra thanks go to Amy, Paul, Paul, Amy, Mac, Caryn, Bonnie, Gail, Fred, Logan, Kasey, & John for making the greatest day for me.