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    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.

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    Good man! Congratulations on your graduation! I've honestly never thought you were "just a kid". You've always come off as more mature.
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    Great to hear. Enjoy University. Fun times!

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    Grats man.

    I figured you at least younger then I was (in 2010 I would have been 17 unless you were in the last 2 weeks of that year), and would have been similar to your situation in terms of just graduating and having being good at this one thing called "Fantasy Hockey" a boost in confidence (although I was one of the more school-talented kids, so I didn't have problems). Maybe not as drastic a case as yours, but I can completely get it.
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    Congrats TK! And welcome back, even if it's in a limited capacity. It's great hearing how well your doing in spite of spending a large chunk of your formative and impressionable years with us lunatics. It's nice to know we didn't scar you for life. Well at least not too deeply anyway.

    All jokes aside, it looks like you've got your priorities straight and we all know your going to succeed at university and beyond.

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    Glad to see you turn into a success story. I really feel old when I mention that high school grad was 10 years ago for me. Post-secondary school/life will be your best and worst years all at the same time with all of the ups, downs and insanity associated. It's a crazy ride but IMO a necessary one to get ready for the real life that starts afterwards.
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    Congrats! Good luck in university!
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    Good to see you TK, glad things are going well. Stop by from time to time, keep the miserable old bastards here on their toes!

    Quote Originally Posted by ericdaoust View Post
    I really feel old when I mention that high school grad was 10 years ago for me.
    Ah, yer still young buddy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loch View Post
    Ah, yer still young buddy!
    Funny story about the 10 year thing... a few months ago some old high school friends started a facebook group to organize our 10 year reunion. Pretty standard stuff right? But then being the old farts that we are, nobody followed through with the plans that were decided and suddenly a message pops up saying "shit we messed up let's try again next year".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericdaoust View Post
    Funny story about the 10 year thing... a few months ago some old high school friends started a facebook group to organize our 10 year reunion. Pretty standard stuff right? But then being the old farts that we are, nobody followed through with the plans that were decided and suddenly a message pops up saying "shit we messed up let's try again next year".
    10 years. Wait til you realize your twenty year high school reunion took place two years ago. Yikes!

    Nice to read TK's story. As a teacher, I have learned that every adolescent needs something to hold onto, something that makes them feel safe and secure. Whether it be a best friend, a diary, a hobby or, in this case, a hockey forum, the kids who find that thing, provided it is positive, tend to figure things out and go on to bigger things. Sadly, when the thing that makes them feel part of something is drugs or alcohol, things don't always end the same way. I have only been part of this forum for a year, but I am glad it had a part in your success. Take care of yourself, kiddo, and come back to visit us old (some more than others) farts grumble about hockey.
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    Attaboy! Have fun at my alma mater

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    Great story, congrats man! Just remember, you can still be a fantasy hockey geek and a kid at heart when you hit 45 to 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondon View Post
    Attaboy! Have fun at my alma mater
    Did I miss the part about him going to clown college?

    Mwahahahaha!!!!!


    Edit: Now TK is commenting on goalie (Bulin wall) threads? Oh Christ...
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    Great story, thanks for taking the time to share. Best of luck with your future endeavours.
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    I wasn't a part of the forum back then but congrats none the less and enjoy college! You sound like a very well adjusted young man!
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