I am looking forward to the trip and am eager to experience Chinese culture and hopefully develop a new network of friends to help me learn more.
I hope to be able to help teach a new generation of Chinese kids the joy and art of goaltending as well. One of my favourite parts of goaltending is the ability a great goalie can have to quietly dominate a game over time. A forward or defenceman can take over a game with one or two great plays, whereas a goalie has to take over a game brick by brick, save by save. If you make a great save on the first shot of the game, and let in a bad goal on the second one, the bad goal not the save will most often define your game. So, as a goalie you have to let the play come to you, and a lot of the game is out of your control. You have to learn to control what you can and let go of the other stuff. You have to learn how to enjoy the games when your team doesn’t show up and you have to keep them in the game one save at a time. You have to be content with games that you lose but did everything you could to give the team in front of you a chance to win. You have to take what comes and try to make the best of it.
My take on this trip, and China in general is to approach it the same way. I don’t know what will happen or what to expect, but I am going to enjoy it all; the good, the bad, the unknown and take it as a new experience to make me a more well rounded person, and if you want to read about it I hope I can convey that experience to you. Please leave comments and I’ll try to comment back.