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Greg Ostertag
Greg Ostertag
Position: None
Born: 03/06/73
Height: 7-2 / 2.18
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
Shortly after retiring from the Utah Jazz in 2006, the 7-foot-2, 280-pound center returned to his childhood roots by playing adult recreational hockey. He skates in a beginner-level league on Wednesdays and an intermediate-level league on Thursdays at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Ariz. “One day, I just decided to go find something to do besides playing golf every day,” says the 41-year-old Ostertag. “I was lucky to have a guy in Utah send me a pair of skates. Then I went to a rink, started skating around, and, once I got my feet under me again, I got into a league. I’ve been doing it ever since. “I don’t do it to stay in shape. I do it because it’s fun. I love playing hockey, and I love being around the guys. I’d do it five days a week if I could and if I had time.”
“I regret quitting when I did,” Ostertag said. “At that time, it wasn’t so much playing. I was tired of everything that goes along with it, like the travel, not being able to fall asleep before 4 or 5 in the morning. I was tired of all that, but I should have kept going for a couple more years. “I hope people understand that this was not a publicity stunt. I genuinely wanted to play basketball. The first couple weeks, I thought I was playing decent, but I just wasn’t in shape. I was starting to get in shape — as far as conditioning I felt as good as I’ve felt (Wednesday night against Tulsa) — but I just can’t move the way I need to. These guys are young and fast. Some of them were just getting out of diapers when I came into the league.” Ostertag said he made the decision in the early hours of Thursday morning after going to a movie following the Tulsa game. “My mind was going a million miles an hour,” Ostertag said. “I just realized it was time to hang ’em up for good.”