But getting him here was not so smooth. As I mentioned in my last post, Jokipojat's season had come to an end and he was basically
Getting paid to play hockey most definitely sounds glamorous, but when you are actually living the lifestyle you get a big smack of reality now and again. You have to remember that these guys' livelihood depend on them having a good game/bad game, what league they get signed to, how healthy and in shape they are, or how they get along with their teammates/coaches. People often forget to take these variables (among others) into consideration when they are looking from the outside in. Sure, it sounds awesome to play a sport you love and get paid for it when your are working a 9-5 job M-F, trust me I know, but there is literally NO JOB SECURITY. All of that pressure along with a team that is sketchy about money makes me appreciate that pay check I know will be transferred into my bank account every Thursday that much more.
I have heard horror stories from fellow bloggers (shout out to you hockey wife ;o), and quite frankly we were LUCKY that Jokipojat honored most of Jordan's contract. We were also really lucky that he made some really awesome friends in Finland who helped him out when he was in a pinch this past week. So I always say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger...and in this case SMARTER. This year was tough but I feel we have learned a lot about playing in Europe and ins and outs of contracts. Granted not every team will be the same but at least we can recognize those sketchy warning signs. Here's to a hopefully not-so-sketchy season next year!