Back in 2005, I was 29 and on a cold, dark night in Scotland, I just couldn’t get out of my car to go and sell insurance. This was my livelihood and I just couldn’t do it. I never knew it back then but I later realised and now understand that I was completely and utterly consumed by depression.
Why? I had an amazing family, great pay and a nice home but I strangely felt, at that moment in time, that I was loneliest guy on earth. Nobody knew. No one.
I needed a change. I needed to do something that I enjoyed for a living.
I lost my father in an accident when I was 21 and became a father for the 1st time the day after his funeral. I retired from being a pro hockey player when I was only 23.
This is when I felt it was time to get a “real job” so that I could support my family. I played a bit of beer league now and again to stay involved but I REALLY missed playing full time.
I sat for hours one night in my car, had a cry, gave myself a shake, and decided that something to do with ice-hockey would make me happy. But what? I’ve always loved a good tilt on the ice but I also knew that I had a different kind of fight on my hands to get me out of the position I was in.
That night in my car, GLOVES OFF® was born. For weeks upon weeks I would sit in my car instead of working and do sketches and slogans. I wanted to build a brand that was connected to ice-hockey but also had another meaning and it had to be a positive one too!
Since that night I have had to go through many ups and downs, a change of career to become a time served joiner because I simply didn’t have the courage to start GLOVES OFF®.
After the loss of my father-in-law, marriage struggles and a 2nd bout of diagnosed serious depression, along with many other struggles like 3 separate spinal operations (due to my dodgy hockey career) I had to seek professional help which I am now not ashamed to admit, ever.
My struggles were no different to anyone else’s, no more severe or any less either, they were just mine.
All this made me say, “screw this I’m going to bring GLOVES OFF® out of the darkness and into the light for EVERYONE to enjoy”! With the help and support from my wife Shirley I set up GLOVES OFF LTD in February 2014, constantly striving and building it up to make this exact website you are on, a reality! Wear GLOVES OFF® with pride.
Every adversity carries with it,
the seed of a greater or equivalent benefit!
Scott Plews #24