I’m in my final year of coaching hockey.
My younger son graduates high school this spring, so I’ll be hanging up my whistle in March/April of 2019.
The boys I’ve coached over the years have taught me as much about life as I’ve taught them about hockey. There have been ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
This final year I’ve been extra deep in my thinking. I know this is it, so I guess I’m taking advantage as much as I can.
The other day, I was thinking about what parents, coaches, and players all talk about after the game: scoring that big goal.
We talk about how “sick” that shot was.
We talk about how the goalie got deked out of his shorts.
We talk about the slapper to top shelf where momma keeps the cookies.
And of course, we talk about the bar-down shot that could be heard for miles.
All the players want to be the guy that does one…or all…of those things.
They want to be the hero, because heroes are celebrated.
Heroes are sought after.
Heroes are valued.
What we don’t often talk about is the events that lead up to the bar-down.
The clean face-off win back to the D-man.
The tape-to-tape breakout pass to get out of the zone.
The slippery moves to get by two defenders for the dump-in deep into the offensive zone.
The battle down low that results in a pass out front…
…for the wrister that goes bar-down into the opponent’s net.
You take ONE of those events out and the puck stays out of the net.
But as soon as the puck crosses the line, it’s the final shooter that gets all the credit.
I could go even further with this story.
I could talk about the hours of dryland training that enables the players to do those things.
I could talk about the coaches that teach and the parents that support.
A team that celebrates the full play, is the team that wins; whether the scoreboard agrees or not.
Same goes for life.
If you took time to reflect on how you got to where you are at this moment; the skills you learned, your attitude, the help you accepted from others… would you be able to say to yourself, “Man, I worked hard to get here”?
If so, great. Go celebrate!
If not, why not start now?
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