11/24/11 - 5:45pm
For 10 minutes on a frozen Wednesday afternoon, with the playground all to their own, it was as if nothing ever changed.
There was the Biker Gang, climbing on the jungle gym outside a quiet elementary school, kids once again.
But for Sean Muller, Matt Thompson and Bobby Murphy of the Kenai River Brown Bears — Alaska natives and friends since childhood — it’s different now.
They are 20-year-old hockey veterans, leaders of a winning team, the old guys.
It wasn’t always like this.