Being a rec-league hockey player is a little rough sometimes, and not just on the ice. A horrifying example: It’s a sunny afternoon and you’re headed home, feeling good about the upcoming NHL playoffs. You pull up to your puck-marked garage door after a long day's work, to find your outside storage unit has been broken into. Even worse, someone has stolen every last piece of your hockey gear. Sticks, jerseys, skates, girdle… everything. It’s all gone without a trace.
Once you've uttered just about every choice word you usually reserve for referees and opposing players, you're probably going to be left wondering: what are some things that happen when someone steals your hockey gear? What next steps do you take? What are the chances of getting your stuff back? Who in blazes goes around stealing used hockey equipment?
Lucky you (or not), you aren't the first person to which this has happened, and you won't be the last. Your stolen hockey gear is definitely a tragedy comparable to the Oilers getting the first draft pick again, but it's also the beginning of a bizarre, confusing, and sometimes downright funny journey. Take it from someone who's been through all this before!
All of it? Gone? Just like that? No way, that's impossible! Maybe you just left it in the garage, or maybe your neighbors have it? Surely it's around here somewhere! You're about to spend the next 20 minutes searching in vain for your gear only to realize that yep, someone actually stole it.