Over the course of a career, there will be ups and downs. Trials and tribulations that will push the body, test the mind and attempt to bend the spirit. Some of these are within our control, others not so much. Over my career, I've had bad games, broken bones, political decisions, and of course terrible statistics at one point or another. Why am I bringing all of this up? The road to the top is long, difficult, and, sometimes, you need a little luck on your side too.
Denmark and Sweden both have very rich and overlapping histories. As countries, when you take a look at them from the outside it would seem that they are similar. Both Scandanavian and neighbors, maybe Vikings pop into your head. The views we have can be very skewed until we have our boots on the ground.
Traveling for work, long hours at the gym and being dedicated to the task at hand every day. There isn't always a lot left in the tank for other things. It sounds terrible and it can be for relationships. Throw in some time difference and uncertainty and you have a wonderful recipe for disaster waiting around the corner.
When I travel, meeting people is inevitable. The conversation is usually broken up into little pieces to get to know each other and find some common ground. It is fun to hear where they are from, the country they grew up in, and how life can be a little different yet stay the same as we wander around this globe.
A goaltender is known as a few things. Crazy, fearless, weird, quiet, anti-social and pretty much any other negative connotation that can be tied into the position. Originally, the worst player would be forced to play in the net while the better players developed their game. Used as target practice nothing more. Back in those days a goaltender didn't wear a mask to protect him from skates, sticks or pucks. If he was too slow, he was going to get stitched up.