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Hard work, commitment made the Falcons great PDF Print E-mail

 

Letter to the Editor:

Congratulations to the Falcons for winning the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) league championship over the weekend!  I hope this week’s story in the paper does justice to the fine effort and hope that your victory was all that you had hoped it would be.

If someone had showed up this weekend not knowing anything about the Falcons, what they would have seen was a dominant team, who with but a few exceptions, consistently out-skated and out-classed their opposition.

What they would have missed, however, was all the work and sacrifice that went into getting them to that point, especially on the part of the people behind the scenes. Very few people realize how much work goes into managing a team like the Falcons, let alone successfully organizing and running a home tournament like the one held over the weekend.

Mike and Kim Adamovich, along with the supporting cast, have been handling things behind the scenes in tremendous fashion for a number of years and are perhaps the first people who should be congratulated for this victory.

As for the players, I have long held that no players anywhere love the game of hockey more than those playing in the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL).  Ranging from the age of 18 to their upper 30s, GLHL players are a rather diverse group at varying points in their lives, coming together to do what they have done since childhood — play competitive hockey. And believe me, it is competitive.

Long past are the days where the alumni from Northland Pines could get back together and win a few games on the weekend. The GLHL is now mostly composed of ex-college and ex-junior players who bring a wealth of experience and savviness to each game. The game is fast-paced and intense, with GLHL players facing potential injury each and every game. This year’s Falcons saw several players suffer season-ending injuries that have been serious setbacks in their personal lives.

Despite the risks, the players return, past the point where dreams of college glory or a professional career keep them going. Why do they do it? Because after a summer away from the game, they convince themselves that this is finally going to be the year that it comes together, that this will be the year  they hang a banner in the Dome —  optimism. Optimism and an undying love for the game of hockey keep them coming back for one more season.

Hard work and commitment is what made this year “the year” for the Falcons. Casual fans may not have seen it, but last weekend the Falcons did the small things that good hockey players do — they blocked shots, moved their feet and picked up a man on the back check. They won because they were willing to do the hard and selfless things that only committed players do for each other when they truly believe in themselves and their teammates.

In Eagle River, we pride ourselves on producing good hockey players, and they were certainly on display this weekend at the Dome. In a great league with great players, the 2013 Falcons did what many of us who have worn the jersey were never able to do, hang a banner in the Dome.

Thanks so much guys for the great effort; thanks for doing it at home so my boys could see it and aspire to be future Falcons; and thanks particularly for beating Mosinee on your pathway to victory, it was icing on the cake for many of us.

James Maillette

Eagle River

 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:01 PM
 

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