The longer that I have been involved in hockey, the quicker the seasons seem to roll by.
Maybe it's because as we get older, we gain a different perspective, or appreciation, for all that hockey has to offer.
If there is one thing that I have really learned over the years, it's that it's so important to live in the moment and truly treat each day at the rink, and on the ice, as an opportunity.
I'm sure we're all guilty of it at one point or another... focusing to much on the past, or worrying to much about the future.
I know I fall into this description...
But, if there's any advice I can give to players, coaches, and parents reading this, it's that you should really try to live in the moment.
Sure some days will go better than others, but we all are so fortunate to be involved in such an amazing game.
The relationships, the teammates, the competition, the road trips, the big wins and heartbreaking losses, the bag skates, the brotherhood, and the laughs are just a few of the things we all get to be thankful for.
Speaking from personal experience, when you look back on your playing career those stories are the ones that matter and the ones you'll remember.
Love the game, love your teammates, and truly enjoy every minute because it goes by faster than you'll want to believe...