I Took Up Hockey Again After Twenty Years

Before this year, the last time I had slipped on my roller blades for an organized hockey game, I was barely twenty years old. As a kid in junior high and high school, I couldn’t get enough. I played in several leagues, roller and ice. And when I didn’t have league games, my friends and I would schlep our goal and all our equipment up to the church parking lot at the top of the hill overlooking our neighborhood, and play all afternoon until dinner.

And I was good. Even on ice, where I was less comfortable and the competition was stiffer, I averaged about two…