Hockey “Goals”

It has been 2 weeks since I last threw on the goalie pads and stood daringly taking shot after shot while making the occasional ridiculous save too. I already miss it! One of my bigger mistakes (that I didn’t realize at the time) was when I sold off all my goalie gear except for my one remaining glove in the summer of 2011. At that time I just wasn’t putting my equipment to true use and the profit I made selling my stuff off wasn’t too bad either. However, this summer has opened up an entirely new perspective to me.

I jumped into net this summer after taking nearly a full year off from it. Every Sunday I would throw the pads on and we’d play for roughly 3 or more hours with a highly competitive group of guys and a wide range of talent too. My first game in net set the tone early as I recorded a shutout. Then over the course of the summer I put together a streak that challenged me to be that much better. I went 13-0-2 over the course of 4 weeks before finally losing my first game in regulation. Of those 4 weeks, each one came with challenges. Some games I dominated unlike I have ever before and others I had to fight back just to give my team the chance to keep my streak going. It was fun and it was something I started to get extremely excited for. Heck, most of the guys thought I was nuts with some of my saves and putting my head out to make saves like it was life or death at times. My philosophy is simple: that you can never give up on the play just like you can’t throw the towel in life when things aren’t going the way you want them to be.

That mindset proved to be the biggest difference as I finished the summer off with an overall record of 41-14-4 (2 shutouts). I can without-a-doubt now say I have come a long way since I first started playing competitively as a goalie a couple years back. I’ve ranked high up in a few leagues but my compete level had never reached its full potential until this summer. Therefore I have come to a conclusion that had hit me back a little while ago. I want to focus on my hockey goals in life and push myself to reach them.

Therefore I have compiled a list below of my previous hockey goals I have achieved and the ones I aim in achieving before comes the day of calling in my “retirement” from playing any type of hockey.

(Dek Hockey Goals)

As a Forward: Lead a team in Goals, Assists, and Total Points for a Season Captain a Team Win a Team Championship

As a Goalie: Lead a league in Wins and/or best overall record Lead a league in GAA Win a Team Championship

(Roller Hockey Goals)

As a Forward: Lead a team in Goals, Assists, and Total Points for a Season Captain a Team Win a Team Championship

As a Goalie: Lead a league in Wins and/or best overall record Lead a league in GAA Win a Team Championship

(Ice Hockey Goals)

As a Forward: Lead a team in Goals, Assists, and Total Points for a Season Captain a Team Win a Team Championship

As a Goalie: Lead a league in Wins and/or best overall record Lead a league in GAA Win a Team Championship

I have also been given an opportunity to coach hockey (something I have wanted to do for some time now). This is a very exciting element that I have added to my life and really look forward in the challenges and fun to come out of it in my first season as a coach. As a last hockey goal of mine, I plan to one day help coach a team to a championship. I don’t expect to necessarily complete all these hockey goals as I have picked some pretty challenging set of standards for myself. However, I know that I have a lot of time to chip away and I am still hungry for that first team championship of mine (I’ve been very close with several teams in prior years). So ready or not, here comes my shot!

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