as I reported a few days ago, Wendel Clarke had two, clear, “proudest moments” in his hockey career.
it made me think of what my two proudest hockey moments might be.
let’s see… I didn’t get drafted — I quit youth hockey when it became incompatible with my sleeping-in schedule…
I suppose the first is my role as Faculty Advisor to the Salisbury State Hockey Club. This was back in 1995/1996, and they needed some “faculty” support. I was a contract employee with the university, and that seemed to fit the bill. SU hockey was fun, and it’s really the only year I played that was full-contact (everything else has been “adult hockey”, aka “we all have to work in the morning, so no rough stuff”), but if my involvement as ‘faculty’ had anything to do with the continuation of the program and the ability of the team to continue, then that’s a substantial accomplishment. I also got my head shaved after a big win (or was it a big loss?), which tested the limits of my first (and current) wife.
What is still amazing to me is that my wife (girlfriend at the time) actually traveled with us on the school/state bus, and somehow thought it was a good idea to stick with me. And this wasn’t a nice charter bus; this was a 12-person van with hockey bags in an open trailer… I think she knitted on one of the road trips. No doubt after that — she was a keeper.
Nowadays, I hear the team is actually drawing people from the DC area to play (no scholarships or anything, but something). So who knows; Go Gulls!
as for my second proudest moment… let’s hope I have a few years left on the ice to figure that one out.