Its been a weekend of gut checks and celebrations and disappointments all mixed into one. I find winning doesn't feel quite as good when the ones who lost are your friends on the other team. Every parent knows by now, winning the season end tournament, in no way means you are the best, you just came out on top that day. But the rub comes in not trying to diminish the win either. Nolan and his team worked hard, they played with heart and passion, and they played together as a team. That is reason to celebrate.
Coach Czichotzki, was a good influence on Nolan. He taught him how to see the ice and how plays develop. He taught him how to use his body physically and how to play positionally. He inspired Nolan to play, inspired hockey. Nolan knew that if Coach was yelling, bottom line it was because he cared. He demanded more of the kids, and they responded. Thanks Coach.
As parents, I think we grow and develop along with our kids. At times, as a mom, I still flinch when the play is overly aggressive and my kid is either at the giving end, or the receiving end. And yet, the "hockey" mom in me, knows, thats hockey. I've developed a thicker skin, but theres still some chinks in my hockey armor.
Nolan, this is your 6th season of playing hockey. Just 6 years ago we brought an energetic-just-turned-4 year old to the rink and cringed as we watched you make snow angels on the ice. You were more obsessed with diving on the black foam dividers, than skating and playing hockey. Who could have guessed, in 6 years, you'd be skating with The Cup hoisted over your head. May this be the first of many cups you hoist!
Nolan scoring a goal in the Championship game.
Dad/Coach having a little pep talk with son/player. Those lines get blurred at times.
End of the game celebration. Squirt white wins 4-0!
The celebration continues with most of the team in the net now.
Skating with the Squirt "Stanley" Cup. The Cup will be coming to our house sometime in the months ahead. I've heard someone plans to have his breakfast cereal in it.
The name of each of the Squirt players will be engraved on the blank squares of the cup... just like the real Stanley Cup.
Congratulations Squirt 5! Good luck to all the second year players moving up to Peewees.
Thank you Grandpa Jim for taking all of the pictures this weekend!