The curse of new gear

Every time I buy new hockey gear, I end up missing the next game for some reason:

Late last season, I bought new new pants & shinpads, and missed the next game because Liam was sick. Earlier this season, I bought new skates, and promptly missed the next game because of work. Then this weekend, I bought a new stick and bag, and missed yesterday’s game because I’m really sick.

I’m trying to think of some sort of lesson I should take from this, or some sign the world is trying to tell me, but I can’t help thinking that it’s plain coincidence & bad luck