“Hockey players have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins.”
Potential, a word that can mean many different things. In my world it means to have the ability to achieve something in the future; and that is exactly what my hockey team has. Being on a youth hockey team might not mean a lot to many, people but not for our team. Our team takes it seriously and takes it upon themselves to be ready to play to their best ability when needed.
Our team started off to quite a rough start at zero wins and three losses. There was a lot of blame going around on and off the ice. Our heads were hung low and all our team could think of is here we go again. That night I thought of all things I did wrong and what I needed to do to improve. It was simple to me what the problem was. We were not working as a team we were all trying to be a hero.
The next game had came around and all I recall about that game is the look in everyone’s eyes that night. We all knew what needed to happen and how we had to execute. Our team won our first game that night. We won it through passing and working as one unit.
Our next game was going to be a tough one, it was Dorchester. Dorchester isn’t known to be good but they are known to be rash and unsportsmanlike people. We got off to a quick 2-0 lead in that game, but I was pissed off. Number 13 on Dorchester had been trashing me all day. At the start of the second period I made a mistake. My limit was reached so I hit number 13 in the chest as hard as I could. It was a great hit and he went flying but he did t have the puck so I went to the box for four minutes.
I knew I had let my team down and I had to redeem myself. During the power-play for Dorchester they scored. That made it a 2-1 going into the 3rd period. Our coach told us during the intermission between periods what needed to happen for our team to win. We came out strong holding our ground on defense keeping them out of the slot and rubbing them out on the boards. The scariest moment was when it was a 1 on 1 with me and a Dorchester kid on a break away. I was skating backwards as fats as I could digging my blade into the scratched up ice, but he was getting to close so I risked it. I made a decision to step up and go full on towards his chest and attempt to lay him out. I got low bit my mouth guard pushed off and knocked the crap out of this Dorchester kid. I then skating over him and passed it up out of our zone. With about 30 seconds left it happened again with same guy, so I said to hip “ayyy you wanna go again”. Without any hesitation he dropped his stick came up to me and punched in the helmet.
It didn’t really hurt and it didn’t matter because he fell when it happened and he got ejected from the game. We ended up winning 2-1. The team is now doing well at a record of 12-4 beaming up the standings and ready as ever for the playoffs.