Thunder Struck

Issue 7

President's Puck Drop

BYH President, Ryan O'Connell

You may have caught news that we lost a great American on October 18th. I’m referring to Colin Powell and his story is truly a remarkable one. Born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrants (a shipping clerk and a seamstress), he rose from humble beginnings to become a four-star general and Secretary of State! I don’t have space here to list all of his achievements (nor all of the challenges and obstacles he overcame), but consider that his resume includes a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and two (count them TWO) Presidential Medals of Freedom! I can’t help but wonder how important a role his positive mindset played …

Powell is credited with saying that “perpetual optimism is a force multiplier”. General Powell wasn’t ignorant of adverse situations, he just believed that with the right approach and the right action, he could improve things. There’s a fascinating combination of hopefulness and incessant positive self-talk there that we could all use a little more of.

Harvard Health suggests these four practices to help you build more optimism:

  1. Look for opportunities

  2. Focus on your strengths

  3. Practice gratitude

  4. Create a mental image of your best possible self

You can read more about it here: Thoughts on optimism - Harvard Health. And as you think about our Org, our teams, and the season before us, remember these words from Anne Frank - “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

2021-2022 Bloomington Youth Hockey Season Annoucements

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BYH Annual Wreath Fundraiser Information

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All Power Skating Sessions have been added to the BYH Calendar on Sports Engine and the link to register is in the description.
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Attention all goalies and anyone interested in being a goalie!

Anyone interested in attending the Goalie Clinic should pay their team treasurer $15/session attending. If you have a practice at the scheduled Goalie Clinic time, the Goalie Clinic should take priority over your practice. Just be sure to communicate with your coach that you are attending!
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Important Updates from Bloomington Ice Center & GMA! Please read!

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