It never ceases to amaze me the power of a committed team.
In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that on many levels, the best “team” is usually the one that wins.
Winning in hockey isn’t usually talent based. Assuming that you’re playing in an appropriate league and level for your age and skill, winning occurs for the best “team”.
The group of 20 players that can come together, work for each other, and put the needs of the “team” first are the ones that will celebrating at the end.
The reality is that we all want to play every other shift, play on special teams, and be counted on in crucial situations.
However, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we know that’s not possible.
Like I’ve said before, there’s a reason you don’t have 4 first line centers…
It takes all types of players with different skill sets and talents to create a winning team.
But, more importantly, it takes a group who is willing to put their personal wants and desires on the back burner and the needs of the “team” on the front.
And this becomes the challenge of every team. It won’t work with half the team on board with this. It only works if all 20 are willing to buy into this mentality.
I can promise you that the memories you’ll make from buying in and putting your team first will always outweigh the personal achievements you may achieve.
So my challenge to all of you reading this is to genuinely put your teams needs first and your personal needs second and see how your outlook can change.