I only started playing organized hockey about 2 1/2 years ago, so I'm still pretty new. Through a girl I was dating I got hooked up with an 18+ league sponsored by a local company. Now not only was I new to hockey but I am also 29, so I wasn't as young as half of these kids either.
One advantage I have is that I am 6' and 200 lbs, a lot of it muscle, and I like to get physical. Because of that I end up playing a lot like Holmstrom. I went probably a dozen games without a goal, getting more and more frustrated over not scoring.
Luckily my girlfriend was a huge hockey fan and she would come and do stats for our games, plus taking notes and telling me what I was doing wrong/right. She was a huge encouragement.
Well one week I told her I felt like this was my week, I was going to score finally.
In the first period a rebound left me with the puck on my stick just above the crease, just me and the goalie. I didn't even skate, I just went forehand to backhand and flipped it up just over the goalie's shoulder into the net.
Jubiliation! My first hockey goal, ever! That was also the first goal of the game.
Later on in the game I was parked in front of the net, with a D slashing at me and I pushed him off and deflected a slapper under the 5-hole. Holy crap, 2 goals, I was ecstatic.
My linemates told me, "We're gonna get you that hat trick" and I thought that was extremely cool of them to care about that, cuz these were rude, drunk fighting type guys. With only a few minutes left in the game I was parked in front of the net again and just barely got my blade on a wrister that was going wide and somehow it sneaked in the corner.
I turned around, skated by the bench and as I got to the end there was my girl throwing her hat on the ice. She barely ever wore hats (especially baseball hats) so that was really cool.
One of the guys (our 'coach', who was probably the most rude and surly guy on the team) gave me the puck next game. I didn't even know that he had it, but it's still in my bedroom, a reminder of my proudest hockey moment thus far.
I'm playing RW in this pic, wearing Draper's number.
Edited by Inultus, 09 February 2007 - 02:21 PM.