It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Post by nota612er » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:52 pm

A tailgate Budweiser shout-out to Senior Players and Parents!

Dear Son.
It’s Senior Night.
The past 14 years have flown by so quickly that it literally seems like yesterday you were a 4 year old taking his first overzealous strides on skates. As the parent of an older player, the question I always get asked is “Was it worth it?” My answer is always an emphatic “Yes!”

What you have learned over those years;
• Hard work pays off and the inverse, hard work does not always pay off….but you keep trying.
• Your sense of smell can become so desensitized that you don’t realize what locker rooms really smell like.
• To control your emotions when the last thing your mind and body are telling you is to be “in control”.
• The ability to find a hockey rink in any town…partly because you have played in many of them and partly because you can just “feel” where it should be.
• Sacrifice for a bigger goal does not always give you personal glory.
• Effective time management and preparation are keys to successful daily living.
• No matter how hungry you are and how little time there is between games…don’t order the one pound platter of boneless chicken wings.
• How to handle pressure.
• How to be a member of a team.
• Your performance is always on display and open to judgment from people you don’t even know.
• That most girls really don’t like hockey, but they do like hockey players…..those that like both become hockey moms.
• How to be graceful in victory and defeat….but celly hard and embrace the joy of the game.
• How to shake the referee’s hand and look him in the eye after the game, even though he put you in the sin bin during the game.
• The first name of numerous x-ray technicians and athletic trainers throughout the State.
• Some people have more skill than you do and have advantages you do not….but that does not mean they are going to beat you.
• The list can go on and on, but please realize that you (and your entire family) have been given a gift….many of your life lessons were learned playing the sport you love while being around the people you love.

Your mother and I are proud of you and love you more than words can express. Enjoy your last games and as you grow older…pay it forward.

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Post by east hockey » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:03 pm


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Post by mackjogger » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:07 pm

=D> =D> =D> :cry:

"but please realize that you (and your entire family) have been given a gift"

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Post by northwoods oldtimer » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:44 pm

Thanks for sharing this is best thread of 2011-2012. Fantastic post!

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Post by Krispy » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:50 pm

Well Done! =D>

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Post by karl(east) » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:50 pm


Enjoy these last few weeks of the season, and the last few months of the school year. It's a special time.

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