Zach Kimmel always looks forward to hockey season.
The South Hagerstown High School junior began playing the sport when he was five years old, right around the time the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex came into existence. And other than the normal bumps and bruises that come from playing the physical game, Kimmel has remained healthy while playing for the Washington County Northstars high school team and the Hagerstown Bulldogs travel club.
But starting this summer, Kimmel has endured a run of bad luck. A broken rib over the summer and a collapsed lung in the fall have limited him to only a handful of games over the past six months.
"I missed three games over the summer because of my rib, came back and played three weeks and then this happened," said Kimmel, referring to the collapsed lung. "It's just a bummer. I have friends I've played my whole life with that I'll only get to play a few more games with."