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  • My custom made console table has arrived… space for one more pair 
  • Mkl are three for three in the play offs so far  
  • Blaze?  Well I’ve enjoyed editing articles for a magazine that we sadly won’t get to publish
  •  Lovely day out in hull, actually saw some of the city,  and a good drive home 
  • Spent another week as a ta with some pretty amazing seven year olds.  oh the conversations we have! 
  • Gang show was good again,  despite missing familiar faces
  • Managed to get a little more done on the cross stitch 

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Positives 11

  • Cheering all the amazing people running the Cov Half Marathon today, including my friends Dave, Ash and Paul
  • MKL won the League Cup trophy last night, for the first time ever, on penalty shots
  • Lovely evening with the ladies
  • Blaze played a decent game tonight and are still hanging on in there with a play off spot
  • Was back at the Primary school on Monday – they explicitly requested me to work the rest of the week, and have booked me for all of next week too! Lovely class of Y3….
  • Made a bit more progress on my cross stitch. I’ll keep plodding on

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Positives 10

  • Lovely day out at Hanbury hall national trust
  • Been asked to be assistant editor for the Blaze #OnFire magazine
  • Two days of work at a lovely primary school
  • Was second place for the trophy at gateway that recognises a significant contribution to club. Nominated and voted for by club members 
  • Lots of walking 
  • Hockey.  Need I say more? 
  • Lots of new books 

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Positives 9

Another crazy busy week, with sadly only one day of work. Hoping for more next week!

  • pancakes in the park
  • National Trust visit to Packwood House, lovely snowdrops by the lake
  • Meercat Wednesday cinema trip to see Lion; very good, loved seeing India on the big screen
  • National Trust visit to Stoneywell. If ever there was a house I could live in, that would be it!
  • A walk around Brandon Marsh
  • Cross stitch progress made
  • Another new school visited – I keep ending up in cooking lessons, this time it was Jamaican cooking, chicken and flat dumplings
  • Lots and lots of walking
  • Some ok hockey in MK. Train delayed, refund received
  • Sunday lunch and a good chat with lovely friends
  • Progress made with the cross stitch butterfly
  • An unexpected thank you present.  Much appreciated 

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    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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