I have a confession to make, Snakes fans. Didn't see this one coming...
I expected both Danny and Tim back for the upcoming season. That said, the lure of a "real" paycheck lures many young men from the sport they love. They're almost always dragged kicking and screaming...haha.
You wouldn't believe how hard it is for them to give up hockey. As Tim told me (and ALL of you will read in tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer, right?) when he came here six years ago, he thought he'd stay a couple of years...MAYBE three. Six years later, his Snakes days came to an end. I was stunned to hear the news, on top of Danny's departure.
It'll be interesting to see what new career Tim embarks on. Danny's sounds great. I'll really miss both of them, but in vastly different ways.
As I told Tim when I talked to him this afternoon...it took me about three years to get more than three words out of him, but when he did talk, Tim did so thoughtfully and honestly. I told Tim, and now I'm telling you, that I really appreciated that.
Tim was among the very first players I met before the season started in '04. On that first day, at my "office" in Whisperwood apartments, I met Tim, Tylor Keller, Chad Rycroft, Brent Toews and renewed acquaintences with Dougie Mann and Craig Stahl. I believe Terry Friesen was in that group as well.
Tim and Brent were mutes, Tylor and Chad always did (uh...do) have an edge to them and then there were Dougie and Craig. Thank goodness for those two guys who don't have a shy bone in their bodies...haha.
Anyway, over the years Tim and I built up a good relationship. He's not a talker like some of the guys, but was always willing to help me out anywhere, anytime. Thanks so much and best of luck to you, Tim!!
Danny is another story. He always reminded me of a lab puppy. All bouncy and full of life. And that smile...kind of a contrast with the fists that we'll also remember. I knew Dan for a shorter time, but he was always great to me. I appreciate you, Dan, and wish you all the best as well!
I promised Dan that I would convey to one and all his thanks for the way he'd been treated here. He named everyone from Wanda on down in an organization that both he and Tim termed the best anywhere. Consider them told, Dan.
Only four players in the fold and my prediction of an Extreme Snakes Makeover is, I believe, coming true.
So glad to see Will and Kyle back. From a selfish standpoint, both are talkers...haha. Both willing to discuss any game...good or bad. Yay.
On the ice, both play a key role defensively. Sooooo different. One stays and home and the other loves to shoot the puck. Guess which is which...haha.
With Tim's departure, Orrin is now the longest tenured SPHL Snake. Congrats, Orrin. :)
Still to come: a new goalie, a new captain, a largely new blue line and, hopefully, some Jesse and Levi clones who will shine as rookies. Hope there are more where those guys came from.
That would make the upcoming season even more fun!