Keagan’s Escapades……..on Life as a Hockey Player
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him — a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Like many boys my age, I play hockey. In my case, some might suggest that with my busy schedule, hockey has become my life. Or that without hockey, I would be absolutely nothing. There is some validity to these statements. For example,if you take my stick away, you will notice my hands automatically cuff as if I’m still holding a hockey stick. Or with my helmet hair, I can appear even more confident than usual. I certainly can’t dispute any of these observations.
However, if one is only looking at me, then the audience misses the point of hockey. The sport isn’t only about scoring or checking players on the opposing team but rather helping one another play as a team. A “we are in this together” mindset that places the team as a whole above individual desires. Blocking shots to help another player gain confidence in his or her skills, or assisting a winning player score a goal. This is what makes the game worthwhile.
Or, when I am in my hockey gear (with my Bauer or Easton hockey stick in hand) powering up the ice for a one-on-one with friends, or perhaps, a two-on-one play with neighbourhood boys. We may only play at a Peewee A hockey level but it feels (to us anyway) that we are playing in the NHL or the CHL.
Yes, I admit that someday it would be rewarding to be like Crosby at the 2010 Olympics against the USA in the gold medal game. But at the end of the day, I can be equally satisfied playing hockey with my friends in a little organization in PEI.
So to all of those fancy danglers and fast skaters from other places, remember that what makes you a good hockey player isn’t only your dangles or your speed — it takes your intelligence, sportsmanship and your every minute on the ice to make one stand out on a team. And that means, like the Bible verse states above, being willing to cheer on your teammates when a team loses or when the team goalie is unexpectedly scored on.
Why? Because whether we play hockey or not, we all have moments whereby we could use being lifted up.