Sunday, March 25, 2007

Done for the season...

Ouch...
I guess that's all I've got the energy to muster right now. My Cherokee hockey club lost and were eliminated from the playoffs last night. I guess it didn't really bother me too much because absolutely no one gave us a chance and we beat Peoria last weekend to get this far. I was okay with things until I walked into our locker room. Then it hit me. Some of these guys I will never see again. They will go back to where they come from and move on with their lives. Some will tryout at higher levels next season and hopefully most will go to college and make something of themselves away from hockey. I saw a lot of hurt and tearful faces in the room. A couple of players always seem to touch my heart. Last year it was Jesper and Toby. This year, it was Tony and Z... Both didn't even try to hide their hurt at the season being over. I went up to each and didn't even stick a hand out to shake. I gave them each big bear hugs and both completely lost it. Tony will probably come back next year. He loves the game. As for Z, he has said he is done, even though he has another year of eligibility left. He's going to go back home to Chicago and get started on his life. I hope he changes his mind. But I get the feeling he'll be going to school and then make something of his life in Chi-town. Good for him. I gave a couple of hugs to a few others but mostly gave them handshakes. This time of year is always the hardest. It always means we part ways. The fond memories I have of the season that was... yeah, I enjoyed the hockey that was played. But it was the day to day doldrums of life on the road, that I miss and I'll miss this group of guys. I always got a kick out of watching them try and lay some weak lines on some of the girls that we came across both at home and on the road. They were pretty cool in that they would include me with the "hey Mik, ain't she hot? Or "whaddya think Mik?" I felt proud to be considered 'almost cool' enough to be one of the guys. But like I always told them "dude, when I look at a girl like that, the only thought that goes through my mind is 'gee, I wonder if her mom is pretty too?" Because I am OLD... I usually would keep to myself, but would joke around with the players and I really got a kick out of them. I'll miss them. I look forward to having some time to wind down. But I still have to broadcast the Hurster Cup Championship game today at 3:30pm and a couple of international youth games on Monday night. I look forward to some rest, but I still enjoy the insane schedule that I keep. It keeps me young... sort of.

3 comments:

Maggs said...

Sorry to hear they're out for the season, but it gives your voice a break now.

Ever think about doing an audio post so we can hear your voice?

Riccie said...

Gee, Mik. I'm sitting here thinking...42 is NOT old...just a little seasoned! Or, to put it another way...old enough to know better but still young enough to enjoy mostly everything. It must be a great feeling to know that you are part of such a great organization. You were given the chance to be an important part of these kid's lives for a season or two. It's always sad when things come to an end...but endings usually contain promising new beginnings.
Wow. Really deep for so early on Monday morning. Maybe I'm not quite awake yet...LOL
Hey, I'm with Maggs. It would be fun to hear you do an audio post while the Cherokee on on hiatus!

Jackson said...

awwwwwwwwww mik...............so sorry. I thought they might go further actually :(

It's about April ;)