President's Puck Drop
BYH President, Ryan O'Connell
This time of the season is full of so much promise. We’re all getting our first few games in and, in the words of Norman Dale, “ we’re finding out who we are and what we can be”. It’s a new beginning. What better time then, to think about the end.
In Jim Valvano’s epic ESPYs speech he says “It’s so important to know where you are. I know where I am right now. How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. You have to be willing to work for it.”
What’s your end in mind? It’s a kind of a script that you get to write for yourself. A eulogy. If you did write your own, how would this season go? In this script, what kind of a player are you? Are you a great teammate, a hard worker, a leader, a friend, clutch, proven, etc. Whatever that is for you, let’s assume that you really want it. Well, then you have to ask yourself, what does it take to be that best version of myself? What do I need to do every day, or every week, to not just stay in that attitude/frame of mind, but to be able to execute at a high enough level?
Getting from where we are today to where we want to be ends up coming down to our daily habits. USA Hockey offers some opinions on what those habits might look like. Take a look at USA Hockey’s “Hockey for Life”: Layout 1 (sportngin.com)
In the Hockey Culture, one of the things that we believe in is the value of training away from the rink. Enter our partners at TPC. If you want to be an elite athlete, you have to learn how to prepare your body and how to repair your body. If you haven’t taken the time to check out the TPC page on our website, you may be surprised by everything they are bringing to the table. Read more about it here:
Off Ice - Training and Performance Center (bloomingtonyouthhockey.com), or better yet – reach out to Catherine and TJ. They’d be proud to give you a tour, share their approach and convictions, and answer your questions. Really, a tremendous resource.
I’ll close with another Valvano quote, also from his ESPYs speech:
“I just got one last thing. I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day … Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm!”
Here's to a great start to your season!