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As a new blogger here, let me tell you all a little bit about myself. I am a 24-year-old that grew up in Alberta. Like every other Canadian kid I played hockey growing up. However, I was a full time goalie around age 8. This continued all through minor hockey and ended with three years of Jr. A. Yes I know, goalie, weirdo, blah blah blah. I’m well aware everyone thinks of us as complete oddballs. I agree with it. I mean really, why would anyone want to try and get hit repeatedly with a puck. Goalies are weird, I can confirm this first-hand having had more weirdo goalie partners than normal ones. However, I promise you I’m one of the rare-breed normal ones. Of course I can’t prove this over a blog, so you are all just going to have to take my word for it.
I still play roughly once a week during the winter and get in a couple skates every summer with some beer league teams. But it just isn’t enjoyable, for one reason in particular, which I am going to get into. Tonight was the first skate I’ve had this summer, and was a great reminder for why I don’t overly enjoy beer league. My first time on the ice in about 4 months. A few nice low shots in warmup to ease back into things? No. Very first shot, off the collarbone/ neck area. No apology. Fast forward a few minutes and the SAME GUY comes down and fires one at my helmet. He then skates by, while laughing, and says “Sorry bud, maybe I should keep them down on you”. You think?! This probably sounds like it’s just someone that hates me and was doing it intentionally, but I had never met this guy before tonight. This is exactly why you all drive me insane. Don’t get me wrong, in Jr I’d take high shots in practice from teammates too. The difference was they realized immediately they had fucked up and would fire them at my pads for the rest of practice. That, along with the fact I could fine them in court each week, made it a lot easier to deal with. After all, who’s going to complain about a couple of extra dollars going towards the teams next party? In beer league, there is nothing us goalies can do about it. Besides lose our mind on the guy(s) who hit us up high and that only helps further the ‘crazy’ label.
For now, my ranting is over. But don’t worry, I’m back to skating once a week, and there will be plenty more to come. I’ll end this one off by saying that if you are the goalie headhunter beer league guy, you suck and I hate you.