The End of a Decade
For months now I have been wrestling with the idea of retiring from hockey, a sport that has dominated my life for the last 11 years. I started playing hockey in my cousins drive way on roller blades when I was 14. I moved into playing roller hockey competitively as a goaltender at 16 and from there moved on to Ice Hockey through highschool and college. I have had a number of concusions and knee injuries and because of this to this day have a very bad back and two extremely painful worn out kness, pain which nags me even on good days. I wouldn’t take any of it back for the world though.
This week however I decided to retire. I’m hanging up my skates for a few reasons. My back and knees just can’t handle 4 games a week anymore and I do not find it fun or enjoy the sport unless i am playing in an extremely competitive league. I also want to focus more on a few hobbies completely rather than have myself spread out so thinly. I don’t have the fund for the new equipment I need and to build the car. I’m going to miss the sport, everytime i watch it live or on tv I want to be out there blocking slapshots.
Who knows… maybe one day I’ll get back in itbut till then… we had a good run together.