February 25, 2015

Chico's pain in the neck persists

An MRI on Chico was inconclusive, but the veteran goalie still can't offer a clearer picture of when he might return to action.

The stalwart shotstopper has missed most of the season with vertigo-like symptoms.

That's made for a frustrating year after Chico was shelled in last season's Stanley Stick finale. He also missed much of that regular season as he pursued educational opportunities.

In his absence the league recruited upstart netminders like Joker and Eight Ball, who've stepped into the crease admirably.

Chico admitted his injury woes have put his role as a starting goalie in jeopardy. In his only appearance this season, he played out.

"I've been reading about Eight Ball's emergence," said Chico.

While the clean bill from the MRI exam hasn't brought him or his medical team any closer to resolving his symptoms, Chico said it has eliminated "the really bad things."

Doctors will now work to determine if his dizzy spells and nausea may be related to an issue with his neck muscles.

At the peak of his playing career Chico proved remarkably durable as time and again he scraped himself off the concrete to endure another barrage of shots through sometimes porous defenders.

Chico's relative inaction over the better part of two seasons have left his conditioning wanting.

In fact, he said it's "at an all-time low. I'm hoping to get in the gym starting in a week."

While Chico's extended absence may have proved a fatal blow to the league two seasons ago. the development of Joker and Eight Ball as reliable rearguards, and the retrenchment of Twizzler as a frontline starter has, for the most part, mitigated any lingering goalie crisis.

Before the newcomers came along the roadsters were forced to develop a modified set of rules for a half-court game to keep the league going with only one consistent keeper. Since Joker and Eight Ball became established there have been only a handful of such games.

Posted by jaysuburb at February 25, 2015 08:07 PM

I'll be out this week testing the arm that gave out on me a couple weeks ago.

If its alright I'd like to bring out another guy

Posted by: Nouv Guy at March 1, 2015 08:44 AM

Hi guys, I won't be able to make it out this week. Coaching my sons soccer team in weekend wrap up tournament. Cheers.

Posted by: 8 Ball at March 1, 2015 07:49 AM

I plan on being at the courts tomorrow. I have a small request which involves asking the group some questions for a school project tomorrow, so hopefully everyone is open to it.

Chico, I have a an awesome acupuncture person who might help with the neck/vertigo. If you want his info I can pass it on to legend.

Posted by: lakattack at February 28, 2015 06:01 PM

lol - Holt, your birthday isn't just about you, you know. Maybe you can make it up to her by telling her you will be taking her away to a romantic destination for her next birthday and instead bring her to the courts to watch you play hockey on Sunday morning.

Posted by: The Colonel at February 28, 2015 09:46 AM

Glad to hear you're making some small progress Chico! I hope the gym time gets you feeling a well as possible!

Posted by: Franz at February 26, 2015 06:36 PM

Hahaha, that was indeed quite the spectacle.

I too will unfortunately be unable to join you guys this weekend. I'll be trying out katze skifahren up in Nelson. As a n00b, my goal at this point is to survive and be back for the following Sunday.

Posted by: Franz at February 26, 2015 06:34 PM

Get better Chico,

I'm out this Sunday for brutal reasons... my childhood friend is bringing his kid into town and I am going to have brunch with their family FML!

This unfortunate event reminds me of last years "wedding" that made me miss a Sunday that turned out to be a surprise birthday party for yours truly...

Want to know how much of an asshole Holt is?Once I found out what was really going on I said to my girlfriend... Shouldn't I get to do what I actually want to do on my birthday? She cried... a lot.

See you next week!

Posted by: Holt at February 26, 2015 11:19 AM