Ryan smiled through the entire experience. I could see his smile right through his facemask in pictures I took from 100 feet away. My wife and I fought back tears. My parents sat through bitter cold and wind for four hours to watch him play for a few minutes each intermission. I think even his […]Read more "A Smile You Can See Through His Mask"
Ryan plays in a street-hockey league in the summer. He’s back with the same coach that led the team to the championship last year, and they’re off to an undefeated start. There’s just one problem: their regular goalie is going to miss a game this week. Ryan immediately volunteered to fill in. It is a […]Read more "Anything For the Team"
Last night was just the second since June 9 that my entire family spent under one roof. I was off chasing the Stanley Cup between Boston and Chicago and when I returned, Veronica had taken the kids to visit her sister for a couple of days. It was a long time apart, but we had […]Read more "It Takes a Village"
Ryan and I have been engaged in an epic backyard street-hockey series since the beginning of the NHL playoffs. With me getting ready to head off on a business trip, I pushed him to figure out when the series would end. Since Ryan was keeping track of everything — wins and losses, shots on goal, […]Read more "The Series Concludes"
“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser,” said Vince Lombardi, famously. We don’t necessarily subscribe to that philosophy in our household, but both Veronica and I believe it is important to teach our kids to win and lose. We never believed in playing games until everyone won. We preferred to allow […]Read more "Lessons in Losing"