Brooks: I should have stayed retired
Brendan Brooks admits that he should have hung up his skates last year after two short stints with Sheffield Steelers and Manchester Storm that term.
The former British international spent a year with the Braehead clan until he left last year, where he retired after spending a year in Glasgow under Pete's command Russell.
But, in hindsight, Brooks revealed that he was struggling to keep fit and that he had lost the same mental approach as before.
"I had pretty much retired last summer after leaving Glasgow," Brooks revealed. "My plan was to stay there, hopefully, for another year when Pete came in and I thought it was all over.
"But things changed and I was starting to wonder if I wanted to be part of a new team, so I was almost done and I had not trained in the way I had done it. habit of doing.
"I was a little seated and saw that Sheffield was struggling. My wife and I were discussing and the question of coming back for another campaign was raised.
"After this discussion, I called for Sheffield to come back to me immediately and wanted me to be part of it.
"But I was behind the eighth balloon, with guys who had been there for a few months and I was not trained as I would have done. I've always been a big supporter of the formation.
"So, do not leave me behind and I think I expected me to come and do what I did before in Glasgow. Physically and physically, I was just not at the level I needed. "
Brooks left the Steelers after a handful of matches and was taken over by Ryan Finnerty, with whom he worked at Braehead to join him at Manchester Storm.
Despite his efforts to convince himself that he could still play and play, the mental aspect of things proved too convincing because he had to admit his defeat.
He added, "I had a spurt when I went to Manchester, but I do not think this arena was built for me. I just think that when I left Sheffield, I had finished mentally. I did not stop telling myself that I could always do it, but I was not totally convinced.
"I'm amazed at how much the mental aspect of things comes in. I struggled to get up for matches and was no longer excited. It was not like me and it was really a sign.
"Manchester I too would have met the challenge, but that did not happen to me this time.When you're not good at morale, it's hard to escape.
"Winning gold with GB was the end. Returning was simply to know if he was still there for me, but to not train me and not be the norm, I should have been shown. I should have retired the year before. "
Brooks arrived in the United Kingdom with the clan in 2015 before going to Fife Flyers a season later, a year later. A good season leads to an invitation to Great Britain, where he qualifies to play thanks to his mother, a native of Yorkshire.
A return to Glasgow under the direction of John Tripp followed and, while the tea was underperforming, Brooks shone, which led to another relay from Britain, where he won his second medal d & # 39; gold.
As GB prepares to face some of the best players in the world in Slovakia, Brooks can only boast about a year after helping them win promotion at the top of the hierarchy.
He admits that he would still like to be part of the band as they prepare for what will be their greatest adventure on the international stage.
And if he says that he will encourage them when they run into Canada, the United States, and Germany, Brooks counts the results against the teams at KHL, Dynamo Riga and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, and can give them confidence and maybe make them lose all the fears that they may have had.
"I still want that I am now part of the group, "he said. "It's been a great experience in these two years and it looks like another good team going to Slovakia.
"There is no doubt that the test is difficult for Pete and his team. It will be a different experience in the last two years, but they may surprise some teams and, as we know, ice hockey can do it.
"I can not help thinking that they might need more than one victory to stay in this division. Maybe a tie would see them above the line, but who knows how it will unfold. They could even get two wins.
"They got a good result against Torpedo this weekend and if you can show that you are playing and competing with a KHL team, you can register for the tournament with a level of conviction.
"It puts self-confidence and maybe removes a bit of fear, showing that you are able to perform against a high quality team.
"I really hope that they can stay in the upper division and that anything can happen. I am certainly encouraging them. I would have liked to be there to be part of it and I wish good luck to Pete and the guys. "