Well it's been a while since I've been on here eh? The whole layout of this site has been changed and I have no clue how to find my most recent posts (apparently I haven't posted since November of 2010, which is definitely not true), but I haven't been on in probably a year or so. While I've turned into a fancy stats disciple and increasingly cynical of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I wanted to come back here and say thanks to everyone on these forums. I'll explain.
I started following these boards, whether it was commenting or lurking, since 2009. I was 13 at the time, in the middle of grade 8. Long story short, grade 7 kicked the shit out of my confidence and made me feel pretty uneasy about a lot of things. So as a 13/14 year old kid who was irrationally worried about my standing with my friends, I turned to these forums to blow off some steam. I originally wanted to come here and ask questions and look around, but I truly started to feel better about myself. By talking hockey with you guys and having my opinions seen as valid and respected, I gained confidence that I truly needed to enjoy high school. I graduated at the top of my class a month ago, I'm off to university next year, and I had an awesome social high school experience. A big part of all that is thanks to this forum.
So whether you knew if I was a teenager or not, thanks to all of you for humouring my thoughts, one-line responses, and desire to make the boards fun. In my grade 11 & 12 years my activity on these boards have definitely slowed down, and I'm honestly not sure how active I'll be over the next few years. Just know that you're all awesome, and I'm truly grateful for giving me the boost I needed when I joined these boards.