It's finally started. It all began in April, when I sent a long email to the UBC Men's hockey team explaining my love for the game and what I want to do with it in the future, and asking for some kind of a job within the team. Between then and now, after a handful of meetings discussing my role with the team, the season finally arrived, and I couldn't be anymore happier with how it has all turned out on Friday and Saturday.
From April to the moments before the game started, I really didn't know what to expect out of this whole experience. I was a little intimidated and in awe, because being part of a hockey organization has been a dream of mine for my whole life, and slowly but surely, it's all starting to fall into place.
The UBC Men's Hockey team played two games this Friday and Saturday versus SAIT, and my hockey operations internship finally started. I was so excited on Friday, I just wanted 7PM to come so the game can start. I went inside the dressing at 6PM, and the smell of hockey equipment hit my nose so quickly, it felt like home, and took away a lot of the nerves I had. I can't say this enough, but the rink is absolutely beautiful and it really is a shame that more people don't come watch the team play. Thankfully the games went smoothly, and the T-Birds swept SAIT this weekend.
I've learned so much in the last two days, and I can't thank the coaching staff enough. After games, they really went out of there way to teach me more about the game, little details that I never noticed before while going over film together, and stuff that will definitely come handy in the future. I feel extremely blessed that I've been put into a perfect situation, and I really look forward to the next three years to take in a lot of different experiences.
My future with hockey is still a very big unknown, but I'm just focused on doing my job with the UBC men's team, work my ass off and see where it gets me. I'm taking a road a few have only travelled on, but that's what really makes this exciting for me.
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