It was, New Canaan hockey coach Bo Hickey insisted repeatedly Monday night, just time.
"It took me three or four months to work it out in my mind," said Hickey, who revealed Monday night that he had decided to retire.
"I thought it was time to go."
Hickey took over the Rams 20 years ago, and they'd been the most consistent program in the FCIAC and among the most consistent in the state. He had also been a longtime assistant football coach until recently; he was a running back for the 1967 Denver Broncos.
"I'm not a kid anymore," said Hickey, who turns 69 in October. "I've been playing organized sports or coaching since 1953. When's enough enough? I just think it's time. Better now than during the year if I get mad about something."
The New Canaan Advertiser first reported Hickey's decision.
Two of Hickey's teams were unbeaten through the regular season, 2010-11 (25-1, reaching the state semifinals) and 1998-99 (23-1-1, falling in the 37th minute of overtime in the epic Division I state final to Notre Dame-Fairfield). His 2003-04 team went 24-2.
This year's team went 19-5-1, won the FCIAC championship and reached the state quarterfinals.
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty played for Hickey at New Canaan before going to Taft. A few other future pros have come through the Rams' dressing room.
"I couldn't ask for more from the people I got it from," Hickey said. "All we did was win. I coached for 20 years and didn't score a goal.
"The kids worked hard," he added. "They were like sponges. I must've had good kids, because we won."
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