The beginning of the end……..


Let’s face it, i never stood a chance at going pro because I started when I was 14 and I come from a decent hockey town but not the elite.  Very few Cleveland players end up in NHL.  However, I will tell you this, there is no doubt in my mind, if I started at 4 or 5, I would still be playing.

What ended up being a pretty good run for a kid from Cleveland who first stepped on the ice at his first hockey practice in 1982 at the brand new Mentor Civic Arena, quickly blossomed into a passion unlike any other in sports.  I loved it.  I played 50-80 hours a week.  Whether it was ICE, Street, Video Games, Pond, it didn’t matter, if it was hockey I was doing it.  I also knew more about the game than arguable anyone on earth at that time.  This is a true story.  Thanks to age, alcohol and drugs, I forgot most of it.  Plus ESPN not renewing the contract.  I met players like Messier, Kurri, Dr. Randy Gregg, Rick Chartraw and many others.  Not bad for a hack from Cleveland.

In less than one year, I was playing in Detroit’s “Little Caesars League” with Cleveland’s elite players.  I sucked. But I got soooooo much better that year playing with these guys.  Anyhow, life moved on and so did I.  I resigned myself to the Men’s leagues.  Like the beer leagues of softball.  However, I took it seriously.  I loved the kill shots.   I was always a good hitter.  No matter the size.  It was also good exercise and there’s nothing like the bond of a team, especially a hockey team.

One day it all changed.   It wasn’t 2 minutes into a street hockey tournament when I had a breakaway and some 15 year old punk took out both of my skates as I was skating as fast as I could.  Unlike Ice, you don’t slide on cement.  I went right down and shattered my collar bone.

Ouch-Cleveland NHL team COMING SOON

I knew immediately.  I would never be the same.  I broke it 2 more times in the next 16 months.  It was over.  I sucked.  I had kids, Got married, everything changed.  For the better I suppose.  The end.

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It will happen. Cleveland will win a Stanley Cup before any other major sport's trophy. While we admit we are not hockey bloggers that take themselves seriously, we do expect that ESPN hockey coverage needs challenged. It's time people take hockey seriously, and it ain't happening here. Great hockey, stats, scores, highlights. Um no. LOL
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