I've played icehockey since I was the height of a foam extinguisher. Icehockey has always been close to my heart, eventhough I hurt my ankle couple years back. This season we have had an extraordinary team constisting of pack of old friends who last year were on their own ways in army and other teams. The main reason why I have kept playing is because it gives me so much joy. Winning matches with your best friends, having so much fun while exercising.
However, hockey is rough and injuries are normal. You just have to live with it. I just read from the newspaper that a young talent from HIFK Markus Granlund got injured yesterday in a game versus Jokerit. The original piece of news can be found in finnish here. It has raised some discussion and my own opinion about the case is that cleaning the goal area is part of the game and none is going to just tickle you a little if you go there, escpecially when it's play-offs now. They are not going to be any more gentle for little Markus in the NHL either.