Hunter Long coming in hot again for the blog this year. I’ll be writing some good ones, so stay tuned. Anyway, hope everyone had a great summer vacation. Although for me, the word vacation seems to change meaning during that 3 month span. I work every day from 5:30 AM to between 2:30 and 6 every day. Tennessee’s summer heat is one for the books; if ya’ll haven’t experienced it consider yourself lucky. I’m also coming off shoulder surgery as well, and my shoulder is holding up just fine. I was blessed to have 2 of the best surgeons and rehab specialist known to man. They did everything they could possible for me to return to the game I love and while I was IR, I still managed to set a record for the worst and longest surgery he’s ever had in his career. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing but you have to find the positives throughout any rough situation you’re going through. Also while I have the microphone, big shutout to my parents who took care of me while I was in the trenches, love y'all a lot. While you are injured and you find yourself with a lot of down time, your mind starts to wonder and think about a lot of things. Sometimes things happen in your life for different reasons whether they are good or bad but I feel this surgery made me hit the refresh button in my career, and get back to the basics and just simply hard work, have fun no matter what, and have a positive attitude. I also think I took for granted that playing NCAA hockey is a privilege because all it takes is one shift or one bad night in town for that all to change. So going into every game this year my mindset will be a little different than it has in the past. Looking for a couple early wins to get the season rolling in the right direction.