Well its that time of the year again where getting back in shape is essential. I actually made the trek to Decatur, AL to get some time in on the ice. There will be a greater demand this season for senior level officials than there has been in the past. USA Hockey has decided to adopt the NHL style of rule interpretations.
I'm pretty sure that means I'm going to have twice as many parents bitching about calls that are made this season. More disciplinary meetings to rule what happens to coaches and players that are in trouble for too many penalties in one game. It should make for an interesting season none the less.
Lots of travel this year since the Desoto Center is also going to house an indoor soccer team. I'm not sure why they would want to try that since no indoor soccer team has ever been able to make it in the Memphis area. I remember being one of the very few people at Rogues' games in the 80's. We'll see what happens after a year but in the meantime it will mean lots of trips to Decatur for Memphis Youth Hockey games.
With all of these variables to be overcome the most significant will be good health. I have done much this off season to wreck my well being but I am lighter than I have been in a long time so hopefully that will work in my favor. I'm about 5 or 10 pounds over my playing weight from when I was a teenager. I didn't think I would ever be this light again. Normally in the summer I put on weight not loose any. It should make starting training a little bit easier since there won't be as much weight to stress joints. We'll soon see I guess.