Meet Your Writer - GATEKEEPER

Thanks for making your way to my little corner of the Intarwebs. I put this page together to give the curious parties a little more insight about myself, the extent of my playing experience, my playing style, and even the kind of equipment I use.

For the better part of 2 decades, I've played goaltender for so many Ice and Roller hockey teams that I couldn't possibly name them all. I feel this gives me a unique perspective of the rink and what goes on during a game that most fans or even some players don't get a chance to see.

Goaltenders see plays develop from a very unique perspective, and they can pick things up that even the players on the bench don't always see. It's just a fact of life that people who have actually played the game see intricacies that the casual fans cannot. Sorry folks, but it's true. There is a reason you don't see coaches or analysts that have never played. For the same reasons I can't tell you what it's like to stand in on a Roger Clemens fastball, or try to defend Michael Jordan, you can't tell me what it's like to try and stop a hockey puck unless you've done it yourself. So strap on the pads and feel free to truck your happy ass out on the ice/floor, before you tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. After 30 years in the sport, I've earned the right to give my opinion.

Anyhow, as far as my talent is concerned, I have very little. Actually, I have some, but I'm limited to what my physique, and now age, allows me to accomplish. I am a very short and stocky goalie at 5'7", so I don't really play any certain style. If anything, it is more of a hybrid, because I'm simply not flexible, quick or big enough to be a traditional butterfly goalie. My current, and former teammates, will tell you that I'm an extremely vocal goalie, which can get me in trouble, at times. I generally try to stay involved in assisting my teammates, as they navigate through difficult defensive situations, and the location of the puck, as well as opposing players bearing down on them or sneaking in behind them. I’ll never claim to be the best goalie available, but I have my moments.

My influences growing up were Mike Vernon of the Calgary Flames, Ed Belfour and Dominik Hasek of the Blackhawks, which would also help to explain my "non-style" style.

One of the highlights of my playing days was being asked to try out, and eventually play for, the Chicago Untouchables Pro Inline Hockey Association team, in 2008. While I didn't put up great stats, it was a great learning experience, even at 34 years of age. I still learn new things all the time. This is my PIHA profile:

Professional Inline Hockey Association Profile for G8K33P3R

I currently play for several men's league teams as well as the Windy City Syndicate South Side Tier 3 team.

This is my current equipment layout:


Here are some various in-action shots I love, from over the years:
PuckinHostile's ActionShots album on Photobucket