Age : 56 (In 2022)
How It Began (in John's words) : My first two daughters got inline skates when I was 37, so then I started to inline. A few months later a friend encouraged me to come and try inline hockey. The day after that training, I bought my goalie gear. A few months after that I was on ice, and the fever got me.
How Busy Are You, Goaltender John? I play in a beer-league and a third amateur league in Vorarlberg, Austria. You may have heard of Dornbirn (bulldogs) or Lustenau (lions), only about 10 -15 games, so nothing dramatic.
The places where I regularly play are:
Lustenau + Hohenems + Dornbirn + Hard
2 times a week in Lustenau
2 times a week in Hohenems
How Long Do You Plan to Play? I hope to play till I die, I will certainly never stop because of age or pain :-)
Any Health Issues? I have had some problems, including an operation with my knees, which cost me one season. I did have some problems with my elbow. One season I taped the stick to my glove, because I could grip it tightly enough, but that's all better now.
Do You Do Other Sports? I do line dance. I also do e-bike tours (Austria one end to the other, and Austria to the Netherlands, all long travel tours). Another sport is via ferrata tours (also without the goalie gear).
What Do You Do When Not Protecting The Crease?
With the „goalie agency“ (if you want to call it that way) I started about 15 years ago, I wanted to play and when someone asked me, I said I come or I send another goalie. So they always asked me first.
A few years later I started a webpage to „ rent a goalie“, but all for free, after that a Whatsapp group (only goalies) and 4 years ago I started programming the myshutout application (500 hours) with a friend, who doesn't play.
It is all free, I just pay the hosting and so on, but it is my hobby (hopefully one day I will earn a little).
My Major Profession is in a software Company (I’m the CTO).