You Control Your Own Destiny

As goalies we have a lot more control of out destiny than we think. I think being an ice hockey goaltender is one of the few sports where we can actually consistently have an enormous impact on the outcome of games. Despite your team being outplayed, despite the quality of chances you get, if there’s a will, there’s ALWAYS a way.

When I was 19 I went to play in the BCHL for the Surrey Eagles. When I got there in October after being cut from the USHL, they were 2-9 at the time. Despite being out shot quite severely the first few games, I managed to pull out several wins and put us back on track. I had an interview with the media where I said “we’re going to try to continue to piece together some wins, try and lock up home ice for the playoffs, win the championship and try and go to an RBC Cup.” We were 5-9 when I said this.

Next thing you know the coach makes some moves up front with the roster. And to everyone’s surprise, we managed to go from last to first place by the end of the season, clinching home ice by 1 point! I won goalie of the year. We won the league. We won the western Canada Cup. And we went to the semi finals of the RBC Cup and unfortunately lost in double overtime.

You. Control. Your. Own. Destiny.

This story is to demonstrate that you have the power to be the beacon of hope when there is none. You have the power to steal games. And you ultimately have the power to do whatever you put your mind to. That example didn’t happen overnight. I planted those positive seeds, I set those goals, and I slowly worked toward them everyday. Every week. Every month. The motive never changed, and we managed to crawl out from the basement and make it all the way to the final 4 in CJHL that year out of 127 teams. Don’t sell yourself short just because you’re not surrounded by greatness. Often times, you can be the beacon of hope your team needs to be inspired to strive for greatness. Decide who you are and what you stand for, and start striving for greatness.