A year ago, former Medicine Hat Tigers player Kieran Block was close to believing that his playing days were over.
Armed with an education degree from the University of Alberta, Block was substitute teaching in his hometown of Edmonton, with a full-time position at St. Francis Xavier High School for the second semester.
After badly injuring both of his legs in a cliff jumping accident at a lake near Jasper during the summer of 2007, Block hadn’t played any competitive hockey since his rookie season with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
During the past couple years, Block met up with a number of friends who kept asking him to try sledge hockey. It was an idea that interested Block, but something he wasn’t sure he wanted to jump in to.
“I just started teaching, so I was excited about that,” said Block over the phone from Edmonton. “It was nice to be making some money, finally.
“I just had other things going on in my life. I didn’t know that I wanted to get back involved in hockey, because it was such a big part of my life. When it was taken away as quickly as it was, it left a really big hole that I had to fill.”
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