A step back from the NHL!

Minor Hockey week just finished up in Edmonton. Though I was only able to see one game at West Edmonton Mall, I read an amazing story that I wanted to share.

A group of kids age 9 to 11 were playing in Minor Hockey like players have been doing for years. But for this team, this year was a little extra special. You see minor hockey is a tournament for players of all ages. They play not for points, not for a record, just for respect.

Here’s the story:

Well a team from Millwoods in Edmonton has had a horrible year. They are 0-15 and have been out-scored 190 goals to 3. Just before they started the tournament they had been on a losing streak of 15-0, 25-0, and 30-0. But were still given the opportunity to play in minor hockey.

Well there first game they tied 1-1. There next game they won 4-1, which was there first win ever. There next game they tied 0-0 and the following game they won 1-0. Well with there record of 2-0-2 they actually made it to the finals. Not only that, the finals were they played were in Rexall Place the place were there idols and favorite players play the(Edmonton Oilers).

However here is the catch… The other team they were playing was a team in the regular season they lost 8-0 to. The coach said, “I wasn’t going to tell them that they lost 8-0 to this team, cause I didn’t want to take anything away from them”. Well this group of kids played there hearts out. They gave it there all, and they tried there best… and do you know what happened.

The goalie died. Took a slap shot the wrong way. No I am joking… Yes thats right… they ended up winning 2-0. They won there first championship, they won there first games and they will forever keep this with themselves.

So you ask why do I write something that may not be meaningful to anyone. Well I never knew this team, never watched this team… but I find it great that these players are playing for the fun, to go out and follow the puck and just maybe get to touch the puck just once. I write this for all of us who love hockey and who love sports. A reflection for ourselves to look back when we were little.

Now are there any stories that you remember when you were playing sports as a little kid?