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It is challenging, requires skill and dexterity and is one of the most demanding jobs in all of sports. With some assistance, I put on the equipment, and looked like an astronaut heading for outer space. 

Instead, I got ice time in between the pipes at the i-Wireless Center where Mallard's goalie Ty Rimmer gave me some heavenly advice. 

"A little praying doesn't hurt anybody," Rimmer said. 

Thanks, Ty. With that in mind, I got down on my hands and knees more than once. Praying that Mallards defenseman Tyler Yaworski would cut me some slack.

There's still some daredevil in this 60-year-old body. 

I enjoyed watching these men at work, professionals, with aspirations to someday play in the National Hockey League. Rimmer thrives on the pressure which comes with the position. 

"Ninety percent of the game is me tracking the puck and watching the puck through different kinds of distractions and bodies and stuff like that," Rimmer said. 
  
Rimmer had some nifty saves off the shot by Yaworski.

My colleagues Greg Dutra and Kevin Weiss also laced up the skates. Ah. to be that young and smooth on the ice. 
 
The life of a goalie. And what kind of critique did "Riley the rookie" get from the pros?

"Kudos to you for accepting the challenge," Rimmer said.

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