This past weekend, three of the Valley Jr Warrior teams captured New England Hockey League Championship (NEHL) titles. Another 10 teams brought their enthusiasm and talent to the playoffs and battled valiantly.
While those squads enjoyed the added thrill of the post-season, all of the Warrior teams experienced another thrilling and rewarding season.
Beginning with the first team meeting in March, the entire Warrior family - and that includes the players, coaches, parents, grandparents and so many other friends and relatives - enjoy a journey that creates memories that last a lifetime.
It was once said that "To play the game is good, to win is better, but to love the game is best of all." The blue and gold runs deep for everyone who has had an opportunity to be a part of the Warrior program.
It seems only fitting to post a
message that was forwarded to the organization by one parent. Although
the name and team will remain anonymous, this sentiment is surely felt by every
team in the Warrior organization.
"If you are looking for some
feedback to share, I'd love it if you would highlight what a selfless
group of kids they are. No one is looking at the game sheet at the end
of the game to see how many points they have. They're not hung up on
who has the most goals. They pass all the time. It really is a team.
There are no "superstars." They all carry the team at some moment. An
unbelievable save, a well timed pass, hustling to back check, a blocked
shot, pinching, everyone contributes all the time.
It's also amazing how well everyone gets along; the kids, the fathers,
the mothers, the siblings and even the grandparents. From the start of
summer camp to the end of the season, there's pool parties, lake house
parties, back yard rink parties, they are such a bonded group. Six of
them have been together since Mite Minor, five more were added at Mite
Major and the three that joined us at Squirt Minor had already been
together on the selects the year before.
The coaches know the kids' personalities so well and seem to know exactly how to bring out their potential... I feel blessed to be a part of this team and this organization."