Enjoy The Moment

I think often times people lose sight of why we really play the game, and that’s to enjoy the thrill and rewarding experience of competing. Whether it’s anxiety, school problems, or parents putting too much pressure on us, there can be a lot of distractions in our life that cause us to lose sight of the most important thing in hockey – having fun. 

Hockey is a place where I’ve always been able to find peace when I play. It’s the only place where I don’t have to worry about homework, paying bills, managing relationships, family, friends, your significant other.. the list goes on. When I step on the ice, I’m out there to compete, and whatever happened before me stepping on that ice is irrelevant. When I play it allows me to disconnect from all the problems I might have, and find some fun in competing to my best ability. It’s easy to find clarity when we play if we can figure out how to make the game fun for ourselves. For me, having fun is being prepared for the challenges that lie ahead of me. I have fun being the hardest working guy on the ice and competing everyday. Preparing for games, putting in the blood, sweat and tears during practice. Knowing that when the time comes I’ll be ready to thrive. And then there’s nothing more fun, and nothing more sweet than getting exactly what you worked for, and enjoying that moment when you finally shine. 

Work hard to prepare, and when your moments comes, don’t let distractions cloud your mind. Keep it in between the glass, and enjoy every second you have to play the beautiful game of hockey.