The last time I played hockey was back in November of 2020. Our winter season was attempted under Covid protocols but quickly got shut down within about 6 weeks or so. I haven't been on skates since....
With the recent relaxation of restrictions here in Alberta, adult group sports were allowed to commence again about a week ago. The league that I play in has initiated an abbreviated summer season.
My team mates and I decided to sign up and play, just to try to get ourselves back into game shape for the upcoming winter season. Winter hockey is taken much more seriously and the season is a lot longer. The Renegades first game was on June 17th. We played a team called the Raiders at the Meadows Recreation Center. We know this team quite well as a couple of their guys are friends that used to play on our team. They are mostly native players, a fantastic bunch of guys, and were really in game shape. They were able to continue skating through the pandemic, as they had access to the arena ice at the River Cree Casino. Needless to say they gave us an absolute shellacking, and beat us by a score of about 15-0. I lost track of all the goals, it may have even been worse than that.
None of the guys and girls on our team really cared. We were just so glad to get back out on the ice and reconnect as a team. Once we play a few more games we will no doubt blow off some of the rust, and the results will improve. We have two games coming up in the week of June 21 to 25 and I'm expecting the team will be a lot more competitive.