“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships”- Michael Jordan
With gold medals draped around their necks, a giant championship cup raised high above their heads in victory laps, while champagne is joyously sprayed in the air this amazing mite season comes to an end. This weekend was a true showing of genuine teamwork, outstanding sportsmanship, and hard work. Yes, they had four astonishing wins, three of which were total shutouts, but that does not tell the whole story.
For some of these kids, this was their first hockey season, ever. The overall season 78 wins, 19 losses and 6 ties shows just how dedicated, determined, and involved these kids and their families were for the past six months. They worked tirelessly every week to improve on their skills and implement those new techniques every weekend against other determined teams. Forming a bond both on and off the ice they have gained unique memories from ax throwing, speed mini-golf, zipping down the snow hills, locker room jokes, and countless hotel shenanigans that will surely last a lifetime.
This goes beyond our nine core players as well. We have been lucky enough to have four other mites join us at various tournaments throughout the season that brought their own unique skillset to the game and helped our team grow and expand as players and individuals. As a hockey community, we are lucky to have unique opportunities to share and bond in ways other sports just can’t and our families embraced this notion through our highs and lows of the season.
As all but one of our mites transition to squirts next month we realize how much we accomplished in a single mite season. From epic goals, nail-biting shutouts, tiring travel tournaments, and hard losses our little mites have truly grown as players and as a team. Watching them and their siblings laugh and joke while at dinner this weekend it really hit some of the parents how fortunate we are to have such a great group of kids who care so deeply for one another in such a forceful manner. With a long drive home, we realize we may not all be together next year, although we will all end up where best for our kids own personal hockey development it’s sad to see them separate. Listening to a final speech from the coach you realize your kids gained so much knowledge, wisdom, and personal strength from a group of phenomenal parent volunteers.
To say we are lucky with how this season went is a gross understatement. The personal growth on and off the ice from every single mite made every early morning, hectic weekend, and tiring week worth it. We look forward to seeing these kids continue to develop and fall in love with a game that gives us so many memories, a community, growth, and challenges…hockey.
During the holidays we reflect on what we are thankful for. This year we stood around the rink as players, parents, and coaches and spoke about how we are thankful for hockey and that it has brought to our families, our kids, and our overall lives. We were blessed to be in each other's company as we watched our kids work hard together to achieve another hard-fought second-place victory but more importantly we got to witness them bond with their team and grow as players. They have pushed themselves and learned so much in the past few months and we all look forward to where they will be in the next few. We are proud of them beyond measure not just for their victory, but for their teamwork, perseverance, kindness, and love of this amazing game.
Third time is a charm for the Potomac Patriots L.Wood Mites! After taking division champs and second place in Aston, then placing second in their second tournament in Bethlehem, they took home the gold trophy this weekend at Mite Madness! Their heart, determination, and fantastic team play lead them to the four-game victories! Both on and off the ice these kids showed amazing teamwork, sportsmanship, and dedication. We look forward to seeing how well they do as a team at the next one in a few short weeks.