2 years, 10 months, and 8 days after the last time I put on hockey gear….
The sad thing is that I’ve owned those Burninator jerseys for years and have never actually worn them on the ice before. Â When I skated for the Burninators in Vegas in 2009, I was wearing borrowed jerseys. Â So this was the first time that the mighty #80 got ice time. Â 🙂
I’ve had #80 for all of my custom jerseys since being on the Beloit Mad Cows in 1998. Â I was the college webadmin at the time; my friend Tom was the lead sysadmin and he wore jersey #22. Â Someday I’ll bribe the right person and get #80 in the NCWHL, too.
So, yeah, first time playing hockey in almost 3 years! Â It was awesome. Â Pickup was the best way to get back; everyone was chill and friendly. Â I even got to skate with Ralph, who photobombed Kira and I before the game:
I had no problem skating or stopping, other than wishing I could do crossovers more smoothly so I could launch correctly. Â 😉 Â My puck handling was pretty bad but my passing was decently accurate (back me up on that, Ralph!). Â I didn’t have any shots on goal….nothing’s changed in 3 years. Â 🙂
I was able to play about 35 minutes which, frankly, was about 30 minutes longer than I’d anticipated. Â By the time I bowed out, I was getting back pain whenever I reached out for the puck, meaning I was bending forward at the waist instead of bending my knees. Â Ah well!
It’s been a couple of hours now (and some Tylenol) and I’ll be honest, I’m pretty sore. Â But I’m hoping it’s only muscle pain and that’s to be expected after, well, uh, a few years off. Â Â Assuming I don’t want to curl up in a ball and die tomorrow, I’ll try some more pickups and maybe skate at Ice Oasis on Mondays starting next month. Â The goal is to get back into Red in NCWHL for the September season. Â Fingers crossed that the back holds up over the week!