I just can’t resist.
As my 50th birthday looms in the not-too-distant future, I am thinking of the milestones I had hoped to achieve in my life by now. I’ve got most of the important ones covered: Grade 8 trip to Quebec City, a degree, Europe, career, husband, car, kids, house, and a little money in the bank. True, I want to make sure I can walk to the bathroom on my own steam, and wipe my own drool off my chin, so I should leave those on the list. But seriously, what else is there?
Well, come to think of it, there is one little thing I might like to do. I’m thinking maybe I might play professional hockey in the NHL. Oh yeah, I think I could pull it off.
Did anyone else happen to catch this sports story about the 51-year old beer league goalie called up as an emergency back-up for a real NHL game? I am not kidding. In a sequence of unusual events, the Minnesota Wild hockey team found themselves needing a back-up goalie because their #1 couldn’t play and it was touch and go as to whether their call-up would get there on time. Though Paul Deutsch did participate in the pre-game warm-up, the Wild’s call-up from the farm team was actually able to make it the game just in the nick of time. Somewhere in the NHL rule book it states that the emergency backup goalie cannot be one with professional experience. Swear to God this only happens in hockey. Poor Paul was relegated back to the equipment room to change out of his suit of armour.
As a mom to 3 goalies, I’ve weathered their share of disappointments at not being invited onto certain competitive teams. Now this here’s just the kind of inspiration I can give them, being the amazing hockey mom that I am! I can now tell them to think about Paul Deutsch and his 15-minutes of pre-game warm-up glory. Maybe one day that will be one of my kids.
I’ll be the happiest 83-year old hockey mom out there!