Hanging Up The Gear
I finally sent the email I'd been both dreading and looking forward to -- the one where I told our goalie coordinator that I won't be playing goalie next season. I said I'd sub through June, but after that, I'm done. I know that there are people who love playing goalie, who have some degree of natural aptitude for it, but after a couple of years, off and on, it's time to own up: I am NOT one of those people.

Granted, my time in the net has taught me a lot about shooting and more importantly, about blocking shots while playing defense. I'm incredibly grateful for that, even when a puck hits right on the not-very-padded part of my ankle, it still didn't go into the net. But I won't miss all that pressure (yes, much of it self-induced) or knowing that I just didn't like it all that much.

I'm going to hang on to my goalie gear for a while, and I'll probably always keep my custom blocker, since it has my name on it. But yep, my days as a goalie officially end a week from tomorrow.


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