August 23, 2011

It's official! TJ signed & we're off to....

Hold the phone, I feel the need to preface this post before the "big reveal."

I've been asked upteen times "When is TJ going to make it to the big league?", "When is he gonna sign with the Bruins?" or "When is he going to win a Stanley Cup?"

Sorry folks, but it's just not that easy.

If there is one thing that pains me more than watching TJ get slammed into the boards or miss a perfect shot, it's watching the NHL Network, the Winter Classic, or the Stanley Cup Playoffs and listening to him say "I played with that guy," "I played with that guy," "I played with that guy." For me, watching those guys get a shot, an opportunity to play at that level - some of whom didn't even dress when TJ played with them, mind you - is frustrating... and in my bias and rightfully emotional opinion, unfair.

Did they all just get lucky? I don't know.

Is TJ's shot at making it to the "big league" over? I don't know.

But what I do know is this: From our experience with organizations, they cater to their draft picks - their young players with whom they have invested money in, and whom they will invest their time into as well.

So where does that leave someone like TJ who was pulled out of college to play?

Completely sewered.

When options and ideas for this season started rolling in all at once, that sent my head in a tizzy from one end of the country to another, to Europe and then rollercoasting back here again, all TJ and I kept saying to one other is that we wanted to end up somewhere where we'd be happy. From unkept promises with different organizations, to other instances that I really wouldn't or shouldn't get in to here, we've been let down. Multiple times.

But this year had to be different.

Obviously the hell bent glory that every young hockey player strives to play in is the NHL. Below that is their affiliate team in the AHL, and then feeding the AHL is the ECHL. But neither the AHL nor the ECHL promise that you'll get anywhere or move up within that organization. We've been there. We've done that.

At the end of the day, hockey is a business. And the cold hard facts are this: In this particular business, it's every man for himself. You can be traded tomorrow, or fired in Europe today. There is always a replacement, and there is never job security.

But this year is going to be different.

This year, we decided to look out for #1...#2 being me, and Brutus makes #3.

We are off to...

The CHL Texas Brahmas {click HERE for the official press release}

I've received mixed replies from the people that we've told. They range from our friends who are hockey players who "get it"; the ones who understand that there are so many guys who still don't have jobs right now and realize that we had to do what we had to do, to those people who believe that the NHL is the only professional hockey league in existence.

But the end of the day, all that matters is us and what we think. We're excited. We're ecstatic. And we're happy with our decision.

I personally think this move will be a great opportunity for TJ - one that he's never been offered before - to be a leader on a team in both experience and attitude to the game.

From what I understand the location is amazing. We'll be right in between Dallas and Fort Worth, and the city has a wonderful blend of night life, shopping, museums and parks.

I can keep my job so I won't go through the bored hockey seasonal depression that I experienced last year, and maybe Brutus won't lose his hair again :o)

I can just feel it in my bones that both the physical and emotional environments will be different for us this year, and that in itself is worth more than any two-way contract that TJ that could ever sign again.

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20 comments

  1. Congrats! I'm glad you guys are doing what's good for you guys! It's hard right now to find a job so I'm glad for you guys.

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  2. congratsssssssssssss to him and yall both!!!! sucks you didnt end up in lets say.... norway....but texas is a good 2nd :)

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  3. YAY!!! SO excited for you guys!!! You know what? I know absolutely NOTHING about hockey. I'm from the dessert... We don't do that here. haha. But I think it's amazing to be signed with anyone right?! It sounds a tad bit like team roping. People seem to believe you're a nobody unless you make it to the NFR... but only a select few with the right finances and situations... AND luck make it. And there are TONS of guys just as good that don't. So thanks for explaining it so now I understand at least... But don't feel like everyone is judging TJ for not being in the NHL. I think it's awesome he's playing for the Brahmas! What a great team name!?!?! ;)

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  4. This is such great news!!! I know it was such a roller coaster to go through, but you survived! That definitely deserves celebration

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  5. amen sister! hockey is a tough business but i'm so happy to hear you guys are staying so positive. that's important! and the chl is a great league!! i worked for a team in that league last year but sadly we're in the sphl now.. silly unpredictable minor league sports. anyways, you guys are gonna have a great time. i'll be cheering for you both :)

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  6. Congrats! Happy that you are happy!!

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  7. Congratulations Kym (and TJ and Brutus)!

    This has been one crazy journey, hasn't it? There are so many things I want to say - but because this is public, I will just say this:

    I will never be able to tell you how much your friendship has meant to me. It's not easy to make true friends within this nutty lifestyle and I am so blessed to have had you, to have you. You (and Lindsey too) were totally there for me this past season and you really helped me survive so much of it. I don't know what I would have done without you. I really don't. So thank you.

    And this season is going to be a good one, I can feel it in my bones. Just you wait, good things are coming our way friend!

    Loads of love to you guys. Can't wait to watch TJ light it up with Chad!

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  8. Congratulations to you both on the signing! That's really exciting news. I actually know one of the guys and his wife that just signed to play with that same team this year.

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  9. I am overjoyed for you - because you are both so happy with this decision!

    OH! I can go watch him play in Prescott Valley when they visit the Sundogs - I just realized! How cool! That's not far from me at all... Would he laugh if I went down for warm-ups with an "I <3 Travel Babbles" sign? LMAO!

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  10. Congratulations Kym, that's incredibly great news. Take a much needed deep sigh of relief, and cheers to a huge new start for you guys. A good year is coming your way!

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  11. what wonderful news and what a great opportunity for you both. i hate that you had to preface it the way you did (with an explanation) because it seems to me that TJ having the opportunity to choose between options and having the ability to play hockey for a living is fantastic news - no qualifiers necessary. anyway ... back to congratulations to you both!!

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  12. Good luck on this new journey!

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  13. yay!!! congrats to you and tj and brutus! i've been wanting to visit texas for so long and so I will be excited to live vicariously through you. This means you are required to post lots of pictures. And shop a lot. And post pictures of your shopping conquests. I wish you guys the best of luck and I'm excited to follow along!

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  14. Kym,TJ and Brutus-Happy you will be stateside this season.Wishing you all well with the signing & move to Texas & the Brahmas.A new adventure to experience & memories to savor.
    Chris O'Shea

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  15. Congrats to you and TJ! So happy to hear you guys are happy. Best of luck to you guys in the season!! xo

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  16. OMG! Y'all are going to Texas?!? That's such a huge surprise!!! Congrats on signing; and an even bigger congrats on signing somewhere that makes you happy.

    I cannot say enough good things about the state of Texas. I made the most awesome friends while I lived there; and I miss them dearly. Texas is a HUGE sports state; the passions people have for their teams run deep... that can make for good & bad times. Just take it with a grain of salt... and if it's really bad, make that rimmed with salt & full of tequila! :)

    I'm glad to hear TJ gets a leadership role this season; someone with his experiences in hockey has a lot to offer any team, and the Brahmas are lucky to have him. (And you. And Brutus.)

    I look forward to what unfolds for y'all as you embark on this new journey together.

    Have fun, live it up & remember these wise words of wisdom: "GIG 'EM AGGIES!" :)

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  17. @ Heather McWhorter - my Mom is moving to Prescott Valley in a couple weeks... If TX is playing when I come to visit her, we'll have to go together with our matching "I <3 Travel Babbles" & "GO TJ!" signs. :-)

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  18. CONGRATS girl! I am so happy for you both and can tell by your excitement that this is the right path for you!
    Enjoy the journey ahead x

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  19. WOO HOOO!! Doing a happy dance in germany for you. didn't know tx had a hockey team. Learn something new every day

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  20. Congratulations! Honestly, I know nothing about Hockey so I won't pretend to understand what all those initial things mean but I'm happy that you guys are happy. Yay for happiness!

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