My Dad was my biggest supporter. He never put pressure on me.
Growing up if I hadn’t had sports I don’t know where I’d be. God only knows what street corners I’d have been standing on and God only knows what I’d have been doing but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble.
I’ve been a very lucky guy. I played on championship teams. I played for Canada. I’ve won some awards and I’m very proud of those accomplishments. But I don’t think there’s anything greater than to come home and to be recognized at home. This is the pinnacle.
The biggest thing we get out of it is seeing the kids smile. And hopefully we will also see that the lessons we’re teaching – not only the fundamentals of hockey but also the life values – are sinking in.
We’re going to have more kids playing and we’re going to have a better chance of finding those players Minor sports in a community is for fun and recreation. For everyone.