Hockey. What a complex and wonderful sport. It is kind of mind blowing actually when you think about how much it contains. Hockey is the world´s fastest team sport where you are supposed to get a piece of rubber(also known as puck aka the only thing you need to live a fun life) in the opposing team´s net using a thin, small, and for some hard-to-handle, stick, while you are skating using a couple of millimeters (don’t know the American size) thick or thin, whatever your philosophical believing is, blade. By the way there is also 5 guys on the other team on the ice that want to kill you while you do it. But, it is extremely fun. That is the point of it. That is why you get up after a big hit, that is why you keep skating even though it hurts after a long practice and your coach wants you to do one more sprint from goal line to goal line. Without the feeling and the believing that hockey is the most fun thing in the world it is hard to manage all of the tough things that comes with it.
This past week was a hard one for us. Every day was tough, both mentally and physically. We skated for a long time every day, about 2 hours at least, and then we had some hard off-ice sessions in the gym as well. That really tested how well you can focus and how much you are willing to push yourself to get better. The coach can only do so much, it is you that has to take responsibility and make the best of what is given to you. I tried and did the best I could and now, once that week is over I feel stronger, faster and overall better as a hockey player and my consciousness is clean as well due to the fact that I manage to keep myself focus on getting better every day.
The week ended with back-to-back games against the Vermont Lumberjacks. A team that we haven’t played yet this season. The Jacks´ have been playing some good hockey lately and they came in to the weekend with a good confidence. We on the other hand came from a two game losing streak which we were looking to end.
Saturday´s game was a bad one. We lost 4-2 after the last goal coming in empty net. We were all disappointed in our performance but we said to each other that we need to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out what you can do better in the next game. And apparently that worked. We won 6-5 on Sunday after a very exciting and fun game to both play and, as I have heard afterwards, watch.
There is a lot going on right now in my life here in Salem, NH. College, coaches, family, Christmas, the list is long and in the middle of this you want and need to perform on the ice. Luckily for me, the ice has always been a place where I can let go off everything that bothers me. Once I step on the ice, whether if it is a game or a practice, nothing else but the ice sheet and the puck matter. I hope I can feel that way for a long time.