Mid Fairfield CT Stars blog entry #3...Winning GOLD
Congratulations to USA Women's Hockey Winning Olympic Gold in Korea! We are pleased to share blog entry #3 by Ray Diffley.
The Real gold behind the GOLD that every great parent, coach and educator understands
When the women’s Olympic team defeated Canada 3-2 in shoot-out, the media went to work in celebrating: the team, the moments, the stories and the efforts that went behind that victory. As far as I can tell they did a great job and there are plenty of stories. But I’d like to highlight one that may have gone unnoticed. It is overtly or covertly the dream of all parents, coaches and educators who want children to take true meaning and joy from any experience.
I have been adamant about youth sports in America (as have many, trust me I know I’m not alone) seeing the big picture (the real lessons and character development) with regard to time, money, sweat and tears put into these experiences. But too often we know those lessons (and people) get lost in ice-time, winning and losing, politics and the list goes on. USA hockey and great youth sports organizations try to emphasize the take-aways of the experience, but we see far too often it is lost on many.
I had the good fortune of admitting (as the Director of Admission at Choate) Hilary Knight to the school. I had the privilege of serving as her adviser and fan along the way. I know the hard work, the struggle, the amazing high points, but also the ups and downs of her journey. She’s a fighter and a winner, but until this gold, I’m not sure everyone would see it the same way, because I’m not sure everyone measures winning the same way. In fact, I know they don’t.
So, to me (educator, coach, parent and so on) here is the greatest winning moment in watching Hilary Knight since she was 13 years old through this Olympic victory.
In fact, it was before the Olympic victory...about a minute before. Puck on her stick at center ice in Korea, Olympic gold on her plate in the final (of 5 rounds) shootout opportunity. Score and it’s over and all the glory comes to her, the team and her country. If you’ve seen the moment (linked here on YouTube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgmpxnKaB9E
you may have stopped watching when the puck was saved by the Canadian goalie. But keep watching a few more seconds, for this is the moment (many of us) all dream of. At the end of the clip, seconds 14, 15 & 16, It’s the SMILE on her face as she looks back to teammates, it’s the acknowledgment of joy in the moment, appreciation for the moment, that sport brings to frankly many of us on our own stages, but few (ever) on a stage that large. That smile will stick with me forever, and it tells me that this young woman, her team, her coaches and mentors along the way in some way shape or form helped Hilary “get it” and become the role model that so many hope for in sport. That is one of the most gold moments I may have ever witnessed and it’s worth writing about and sharing.
Mid Fairfield is excited to announce that Chris Gragnano will be the new Head Coach of both the U16 and U18 split season Mid Fairfield Midget teams. Chris began coaching with Mid Fairfield in 2007 before moving on to coach at the Junior level. Currently Chris is an assitant coach at The Gunnery and in his time there they have won an Elite 8 New England Championship ('16), the Watkins Tournament ('16) and the Avon Christmas Classic ('17). Chris has also been a skills instructor in the area over the last 10 years and is the owner of Total Hockey Development. Throughout the year Chris trains many high level players from prep schools, junior programs and colleges as well as professionals that play in Europe, ECHL, AHL and the NHL.
Split Season Midget Tryouts:
U16 - Saturday April 14th 6pm and Sunday April 15th 10am - Shelton Ct.
U18 - Satruday April 14th 7:30pm and Sunday April 15th 11:30am - Shelton Ct.