The season isn’t quite over yet, so this was sort of a pre-tryout tryout, for the program I currently play for, the Islanders Hockey Club. It didn’t matter, I was nervous. Even though it wasn’t a real EHF (Eastern Hockey Federation) tryout, I’m always nervous for tryouts. For some reason, when I play in games, I can go in not thinking, just reacting. In tryouts, I seem to think a lot more, because I don’t know what type of drills they’re going to run. And not all of the coaches running tryouts do a great job of explaining the drill.
At the very beginning my skates were really choppy since I had just gotten them sharpened. That always throws me off a ton. You want your blades sharp, but when they’re just sharpened they’re actually too sharp. There’s an edge to them. That digs into the ice more than you want. Usually I try to have one practice before I use fresh blades in something important like a game or a tryout. This time, I didn’t have a chance to do that.
I also felt really awkward in this one-on-one drill. My team, and the Fenn team, are mostly made up of boys older than me. These boys were my own age. The kids that I was skating against were a lot smaller and slower than I am used to, and that threw off my timing. Since a lot of playing defense is about timing and positioning, that’s a bad thing.
Overall, I felt really out of place. The final part of the tryout was a full ice scrimmage, first 4-on-4, and then 5-on-5. Most of the shifts I had to play forward instead of defense. I scored a goal but again, felt odd playing out of position. I haven’t been told anything by any of the coaches yet, but I will see one of the coaches later today and the other tomorrow at practice. Hopefully they’ll have good things to say about my performance.