The holiday hockey tournament has now become a permanent part of our Canadian holiday tradition, woven into our fabric, no different than opening presents or sharing family dinners. While these tournaments draw great teams to come together and compete for a trophy, it’s easy to get caught up and forget how truly fortunate we are to have the ability to have the great game of hockey in our lives.
Although we should try to keep perspective throughout the entire year, the holiday season always seems like a gentle nudge to pay particular attention to what’s important. We have the liberties and freedoms in this country that allow us to spend large parts of our lives devoted to playing games. We get to do this with the people we love: teammates, friends and family. The game will teach us many great lessons such as hard work, determination, team work, resiliency and commitment. But most of all it should teach us how to be thankful. Thankful for the experiences, the opportunities and the memories.
To all the teams, players and fans who have the opportunity to spend this holiday season being part of something they truly love, Happy Holidays from our Focus Fitness family to yours. Win or lose, make sure to take a second to appreciate just how lucky we are to have each other and to have the game.
Until next time,
Strength, Courage, Hustle, Commitment
Originally published in Game On Magazine