Who actually plays hockey on HF?
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12-20-2011, 04:23 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Miami, FL
Started playing on LI when I was about 7, my parent's garage door still bares the scars of post-school shooting to this day. Started with roller, but it quickly moved to ice and travel. Played with a few teams before playing Jrs with Apple Core in the EJHL.
Got a few D1 offers, but I knew I wasn't going anywhere with hockey so I went the education route -- went to Cornell and played club (they were in the process of officially transitioning to ACHA when I graduated). Did get a tryout with the varsity, but short of 4-5 defensemen getting hurt in the pre-season, it wasn't going to go any further than a nice story to re-tell on a message board.
Hung up my skates after college and eventually moved south for work. While down here in Miami, one of my good friends at work was from Montreal. We were doing the old-guy thing one night -- watching hockey while sitting on the couch drinking beers -- when we both just started talking about how much we missed playing.
Called up a few rinks the next day (aren't many down here, didn't take long) and ended up running into my old pee wee coach who had moved down here around the same time. Been playing beer league ever since, even run the teams myself now ('Team USeh' as a homage to our US and Canadian roster).
Not too bad down here, few ex-NHLers floating around and more than a few guys who played Jr or college. Don't plan on hanging them up again for a long time. Even destroying my ankle last year during a freak rut-in-the-ice injury (surgery, plate, seven screws, etc) hasn't deterred me.
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