I'm probably repeating myself but I feel a need to talk about the joys of playing hockey. It's not even the hockey part that is the best part of the whole experience. It's the friends you make along the way. Sure we all want to win, but hanging out after a game is just as much fun, if not more. This past weekend at the TORHS Winter Nationals, I had a chance to run into some old friends, made some new ones and talked hockey talk for hours and laughed non-stop. I had a chance to play with my old buddy Ying, what a hot shi* he is. I got to play with my best friend Paul R., who I must say is one of the best inline hockey players to play the game, and has been for a number of years now, and room with my teammate and friend Mike H. Man did we laugh. I had the opportunity to watch some great goaltending in Yokes, Bonabonno, Leggett, watched first hand the likes of C.J. and Ronny and the rest of the Cats crew, as well as watching my friends from the RinkRat Bombers win yet another tournament. Great job Coach Al and Captain Lee. I've made life long friends from every corner of this country, Marty M. from VA, Dino from NY, Rob L. from Cali, DCat from Beantown, and all points in between. After you've played as long as I have, you understand that winning isn't everything. It's the players you meet along the way. From Cali to Toronto, hockey players are good people. Sure we have problems on the rink sometimes, but for the most part, that's where it stays. I chose to drive home from Philly instead of waiting for my flight and that gave me alot of time to reflect on this whole hockey thing. Man is this fun stuff or what. The hockey stories we will be able to tell our kids. I guess what I'm trying to say is enjoy your hockey "career". Have fun. Trust me, winning is fun, but the laughs after the game is what you will remember. Enjoy the people around you. There's a new friend at every game. A friend for life.