9th grade English Fitz
"What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win."
In order for someone to achieve a goal, they have to heart, grits, and determination. Over the course of my most previous hockey season, I grew to understand just how important it is to posses these qualities. In the game of hockey, skill can only take someone so far. If a player sets a goal back in September, they are going to have to commit to making it happen by practicing harder both on and off the ice. If they do this, they will see positive results when the playoffs roll around in the middle of March. My hockey team, the Minutmen Flames, had seen championships that were within our grasps, slip away in previous years. We had been to the finals before, and blown it. Last year, however, we as a team decided that we were going commit to taking home the 2014 EMHL championship tittle. All season long we busted our butts to get to the moment we found ourselves in on Sunday, March 16. A date with the Dover Stars in the EMHL championships at New England Sports Center in Marborro, MA. On game day morning we were feeling pretty confident about the way we were playing, because we were coming off of a quality 4-2 victory over the Dual State Riverhawks in the semifinals. We knew, however, that everything we accomplished over the course of the season would be for nothing if we didn't win the championship that day. We were determined to come away victorious. When we took the ice, we were both physically and mentally ready for puck drop. Both teams came out hard at the start of the game, and unfortunately they potted the first goal. Istead of getting discouraged, we stayed positive on the bench because we knew that we were still in the game, and that getting discouraged only ignites negative play. Since we were positive, we eventually cracked the Dover net minder in the second period, and then again the third. Late in the third, I spotted a passing lane between two defenseman on the other team. I ripped the puck straight from my stick to Will's stick. Will slid the puck over to Ethan who burried the biscuit in the basket to ice the game. They had no chance of scoring two goals in a minute. We were going to be champions. When the final buzzer sounded we threw our sticks and gloves in air, and jumped on our goalie. We had accomplished our goal. Winning the EMHL gave me a rush of exhilaration. Accomplishing something with a group of guys that were like brothers to me was an extraordinary feeling. I will always remember this achievement when I set another goal because I will remember that it takes grits, comitment, and determination to achieve something truly outstanding. Winning the EMHL was no walk in the park. It takes determination, and the will to work hard even when it gets hard, to find success.