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  • Awesome. I have not played hockey in over a year. I miss it. But, I have more important things to do (hard to believe!) and am, I regret, getting older, and it is harder to bounce back from injuries, which are become more severe.

    The two things I regret the most: not playing more when I was younger, and buying a new helmet right before the last game I played.
    • I can relate. As I mentioned in my post, I bruised my ribs in the first game of the finals (it was a three-game play-off) and they still hurt now. In fact, they still hurt enough that I can't sleep on that side and I really feel it if my son jumps on that side.

      I've got a helmet story too. A few years ago, I had one of the old-style formed-foam-insert helmets. It was new, but there was a time when that's what all hockey helmets were like. I took a slapshot in the head and it was hard enough to knock a sticker off my helmet. When I got to the bench one of my teammates notices a red mark on my jersey collar. Well, turns out I had a cut on my head under the helmet! I finished the game, but needed about 5 stitches to close it up.

      After that, I went and paid the little bit extra for one of the modern helmets that are much more like bicycle helmets.

      My wife has given me 3 major injuries and she's going to make me quit. I broke my ankle in 3 places a few years ago, so that's one. There is a dispute over the cut on the head. I say if I finish the game, it's not a major injury. :)

      A few guys on my team are in the 43-ish range and they are still going strong, so I'm going to try to keep up with them since it will be a few years before I'm there.

      • Yeah, I quit after my second major injury. First one was really major: cartilage damage in my wrist that required surgery, and it's never been the same since. Second one was the last game I played: serious hamstring pull right before Christmas. I figure I don't need a third. :-)