In a few weeks, I will have been back playing for four years and hockey has changed so many things about my life. Sure it's still just a diversion from the everyday struggles of work and family but the influence is long-reaching and has been nothing but positive – if you don't count the injuries, aches and pains. It's a good trade-off.
|Puck Hawgs Fall '17 Champs|
|Puck Hawgs Too Game Award|
The year concluded with another championship win for the first team I started. This was our 4th in 7 seasons and our second since moving to the Upper 'B' division. It also marks the end of our time with several players. Life still happens. Life takes people to different places and it always hurts a little when someone you spend time with each week won't be there next season.
This year was the first for another Puck Hawgs team that I started to bring back many of the players we started with three years ago. We managed our first league championship but more importantly, it was the chance to reconnect with just a few more of the friends made in my hockey journey.
|Amy's Hat Trick with the Nordiques|
Even more importantly, I continue to share my journey with family. I play alongside my beautiful wife twice a week and my cheerleading daughters come to cold rinks- often late at night to see their old dad play.
I could fill this blog with the details of gear I buy, aching losses and occasional highlights from an old goalie but this entry is a reminder to myself about just what hockey has brought me and it's a lot more than wins and losses. It's also a message to all those people who I get to share it with.
Thank you for hockey.