Prior to July, Ian Lewellin hadn’t hit the ice in 22 years.
Lewellin, who has been with Mid-States since Feb. 2001 and is currently part of the preconstruction team, joined the Janesville Summer Hockey League after a bit of good-natured peer pressure. He also sits on the board of Janesville Youth Hockey.
“It was awesome,” he said of getting out on the ice again. “It was fun, but you realize quickly how out of shape you are, even if you think you are in shape.”
Lewellin mostly played offense, which is what he played in high school. The toughest part, he said, was sucking wind, as he was out on the ice every two minutes. Since the summer league was short – just eight games played in July and August – the team pretty much just showed up and played the games. There was no practice schedule.
“It was good to get back out and play again,” Lewellin said.
Lewellin’s family was able to come out for a couple games, including his 11-year-old son Owin, who also plays hockey. Usually, Lewellin will attend Owin’s games and provide some coaching from the stands. With Lewellin on the ice, his son went ahead and took on that coaching role for him. It was definitely interesting for him to experience that coaching from the other side.
Lewellin was the last one on his team to score a goal this season, but that score happened to come at exactly the right moment. It was in the last two minutes of the team’s very last game that season, and it ended up winning the game. He had such an amazing time, Lewellin signed on for the Janesville Winter Hockey League. It includes 30 games from mid-October through April.
“I’m looking forward to getting in better hockey shape,” Lewellin laughed, though the season will make for some late nights. Games are scheduled for 9:45 pm and 10:15 pm start times at the Janesville Ice Arena.
Interested in joining the Janesville Hockey League? Ask Lewellin for more information. Janesville Hockey is a co-ed league, open to anyone 18-years-old and older, and you’ll need to have your own gear. Lewellin said he owes his wife, Jen, big thanks for hooking him up with all the gear he needed. It was a gift for his big 4-0 birthday.
Hockey isn’t the only sport that has struck the fancy of Lewellin though. While he loves hockey – he said it’s full of action and excitement – he is also passionate about baseball. He grew up playing the sport and played until about five years ago. He even pitched for Madison Area Technical College’s team, helping them win their second and third consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association baseball championships.
Lewellin has already come out of hockey retirement, maybe he’ll come out of baseball retirement next?