Today is a very good day, despite the fact that it is a Monday. Normally, I would hesitate to label a Monday as a "very good day", but it is hard not to do that when hockey has returned.
Yes, today my very own Dallas Stars, and many other NHL teams, have officially returned to the ice as they open training camps around the nation. The Stars will hit the ice at their official practice home, and location of one of the newest and shiniest of the Starscenters. I am going to do my best to get up to a practice by the end of the week. All of the practices are between 10am and 2pm, so I don't know how much luck I'll have at catching them until this next weekend, but I'll do my best. I'll be sure to take my camera if I go so everyone may get a glimpse of hockey through my site.
LampLover and I went to one of the Starscenters this last weekend to hit the ice. It had been over a year since I had been on the ice, I sadly realized once I was on. But, it was very much like riding a bike: after a few laps around, I was able to do crossovers and switch back and forth between skating forward and backward and of course doing slide stops. It felt wonderful to be skating again, and I truly loved it. I'm hoping to start doing the puck & stick times they have at the centers on the weekend, and try to get myself back into shape slowly. Eventually, I'll try and get back into league play by being a substitute for a team and perhaps find a good group of guys who are looking for an out-of-shape defenseman slash forward and whip myself back into good fitness while having a great time.