I snapped this photo as I was walking out of the locker room playing my regular Sunday night ice hockey Men’s beer league. It was a great night of hockey with a great group of hockey players (as always). It wasn’t always the way (not that they weren’t good guys it is just I was the new guy and needed to earn respect because respect isn’t ever given)…
I was the new guy about a year ago or so… No one talked to me. My style of play didn’t seem to fit well the first few months. I struggled miserably… Most would say I was an epic fail… but I never gave up…
They moved me to defense… Never played defense in my life… One guy told me… “with your slap shot.. move to defense” and it wasn’t a suggestion.. it was an order. I did so… and failed some more. I got burned… over and over… Defense felt so foreign to me. But I never quit!
I did what I could training off ice…. with one timer slap shots with my passer pro and mastering my saucer pass. My passing was always spot on… Saucing through the opposition… tallying up assist after assists.
Then all it took.. was one chance… just one chance! To be fed… a one timer… I saw my chance… and I put all of 180 lbs of me (give or take a few) into my one timer slap shot… beat the goalie to only have it ring off the pipe lol!
I didn’t earn a goal… but I earned something more important… respect!
Ever since that day many, many months ago. I’ve been fed the puck back to the point over and over… I’ve scored and I haven’t scored on one timers. but… through failure I’ve earned respect. Respect your team mates, earn respect… and never give up.
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