Thank those who helped you play
It’s time for New Year's resolutions, and I have an awesome one for all those young players privileged to be playing the great game of hockey: Thank those who helped get you into and stay with the sport.
Here’s a list.
Parents/guardians: Obviously, they pay the ice bills, provide all required transportation, purchase the equipment and, most importantly, love you unconditionally win or lose.
Siblings: Often the interests of brothers or sisters are sacrificed due to the massive time and financial commitments necessary for you to play hockey. I believe a big hug at minimum is in order.
Coaches: Unpaid volunteers who teach and lead without acclaim are the lifeblood of the sport. Without their passionate efforts, there would be no youth ice hockey. Look each coach in the eye, shake his or her hand and say thank you. And mean it.
Teammates: Depending on your age and maturity, you may not realize that playing youth hockey truly represents the best time of your life. Make a point to tell each teammate something nice as to why you like playing with him/her.
Team managers and moms: These unsung heroes schedule games and practices and host team dinners and parties. Each deserves a hug or a handshake.
Arena managers and staff: They provide the clean, safe buildings, fun comfort food and freshly prepped ice that allow you to play your best. A thank you note left at the front desk will do the trick.
For all the above: Whether you become a hockey mom or dad, a volunteer coach, a professional player or a fan, always be generous with your thanks, and make sure your children and players do the same. That’s the best way to show gratitude to those on this list.
Best of luck,
Paul T. Lubanski is president of Wilderness Xtreme Sports. He can be contacted at 248-762-6998.