Positives 8

Well, it’s been half term, so no work. Been busy though.

  • Trip to London to see Matilda – and a chance to catch up with some lovely people
  • Day out with my god-less sons. Lovely to spend time with them
  • Pilates. I’ll keep trying,  but I’m not very good
  • Submitted my final assignment for this section of my MEd. No more to do on that until May (hurrah!)
  • Got the first proofs of my book…changes to be made next week
  • Had fun (and lunch) at the Greyhound. Always a good way to spend a couple of hours
  • Day trip to Cardiff. We won’t mention the hockey, but the production of ‘Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’ was very good and the Arts Centre it was in was a great space
  • Had a mooch around Fargo
  • Someone who I think highly of tells me that I am ‘brave’ for making the decision I have made to walk away from full time teaching at the moment. I feel like it’s running away from a problem (people) rather than staying to face it….but it’s good to get someone else’s perspective on things.

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#OnFire – Klotz

Standing at 6’5”, Garrett Klotz is one of the taller players to ice for the Blaze this season. Coming from the ECHL in North America, the Canadian brings a wealth of experience to the team. It helps, that as a forward, he is not afraid to use his size and fight when necessary. This has made him very popular with the fans, and he’s even scored a few goals as well!

How is it, playing on the fourth line? Klotz said, “It’s great, I’m more a role player, so I’ve always been on the third or fourth line, so I’m used to it. Here in the Elite League I’m getting more ice time than I’m used to, so I’m trying to take advantage of it and doing the most I can with the time. That includes a goal every once in a while, so that always helps. I’m not here to score, I’m here to take care of the boys and bring a physical aspect to the game. Whenever I score it’s a bonus.”

You’ve made a name for yourself as an enforcer. How do you feel about fighting? “I’ve been doing it my whole pro hockey career, so it’s nothing new to me. I don’t mind it. I kind of enjoy it. some nights it is not easy, but it’s my job so I accept it,” he explained.

Usually, in the Elite League, teams employ a defenseman who acts as an enforcer. Klotz playing as a forward is a slight departure from what a lot of us are used to. Does he see this as being unusual? Klotz shrugged. “It depends. Defensemen are known to more physical, but there are other forwards who are enforcers. I just do what I can. Usually they want the forwards to score, but in my case I try and do both.”

Speaking of which, how is the scoring going? He smiled, “It’s my second-best scoring season ever.  I’ve got six goals and two assists so far, I’m going to try and finish the season with ten – that’s my aim, ten goals and ten assists. We’ll see how it goes. There’s 18 games left so I’m going to try and finish strong and hope for the best.”

What made you decide to come to Coventry? Klotz explained, “My friend Garrett Zemlak played in the Elite League – he was netminder for Fife, Braehead and Belfast – and he put me in touch with Danny Stewart as he had played with him in Fife. Danny asked in the summer if I wanted to come overseas – I looked it up on the internet and had a chat with other guys I’ve played with who played here before, like Jim Jorgensen. They said it was a good city and there were lots of positives, so I agreed to come here.”

He continued, “it’s a good city with a good fan base. the fans here are a bit more intense than they are back home – they are die hard and I really enjoy it, and spending time with them.”

Like most hockey players from North America, Klotz appreciates the opportunities to travel from the UK. “Obviously, we’ve travelled with the team, that was fun, going to Belfast and to Scotland. I’ve been to London a few times too. After the season I’m hoping to get across to Europe and then maybe head over to Thailand.”

Klotz keeps busy when he’s not on the ice. “I just go to the rink in the mornings and train on the ice. In the afternoons I go to the gym and do some off-ice training, and in the evenings I hang out with the boys, play some cards or read. We went bowling with the fans recently, which was fun. It’s nice to get some downtime and just relax in the evenings.”

As Garrett has reminded us, the season is drawing to a close, and players are starting to think about next year. He said “I’ll take the future as it comes. I haven’t really thought too much into it. I’ll do what I can here, finish strong and finish on a positive note, and see what comes my way.”

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Positives 7

  • Well, Blaze played an amazing game tonight, with a good win.
  • Interviewed Cowley for #OnFire – such a gent, always a pleasure to have a chat
  • Walking – Heart of England Way in stages is now halfway done. We completed the northern half of the walks on Friday
  • Pilates – it’s good for me, but I think I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed it!
  • Family time, always good
  • Re-read ‘The Miniaturist’ for book club. It made me cry, again
  • Finished the bulk of my cross stitch. ‘Only’ the outlining to go
  • Bought tickets, lots of tickets. Download, Playoffs, Billy Elliott, Gangshow…

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Positives 6

  • swimming
  • walking – in the ‘snow’ along the canal, looking at crocuses and snowdrops in the park
  • First draft of next MEd assignment sent to my tutor for comments. There’s going to be a lot of changes needed
  • Movie night – watched Black Dynamite. Rather enjoyed it
  • Hockey – MKL played a blinder last night, into OT and penalty shots. Holli celebrating getting the winner by ‘riding’ his stick down the ice. Off to watch them play in Peterborough today…
  • Work! Had two supply days (at last) – one in a lovely school, and one in a place that has potential but no apparent direction.
  • The car got a wash 🙂

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Positives 5

  • walking
  • swimming
  • the front room is finally sorted – hardboard relaid/replaced and new vinyl down. Shalln’t be recommending that particular shop to anybody, though
  • Hockey – MK played ok on Friday, and somehow grabbed the points
  • Cross stitch coming along nicely
  • Black Sabbath – attended their last ever gig, in Birmingham. Stood in the middle of the crowd for the support act, who were rather good, and for the first half of the Sabbath act, before retreating to the safety of the edge, still near the front though. Was a good gig; met people from all around the world who had travelled, including folks making a short weekend of it from Norway and Germany, having never been to the UK before…oh, and shoutout to the guy who thrust his beer into my hand so he could eat his popcorn!

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Positives 4

  • Muddy 6 mile walk
  • Reading 
  • Book club
  • Out for lunch
  • Found something interesting to apply for
  • Swimming
  • Movie night

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Positives 3

  • Hockey – as ever! This week I was asked to do the clock…only one mishap.
  • Family time – we got the Christmas presents spot on
  • Swimming – 60 lengths this week, 45 min
  • Read a great book – The Girl in the Photograph, Kate Riordan
  • another part of my MEd done, and accepted
  • #OnFire interview
  • baking again
  • Signed up for another agency…hopefully some work soon
  • Eyesight perfect
  • making progress… after a long time,  the tree is completed

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