Early in my career a former WHC President by the name of Terry Beacom taught me a few things. He was a big house league guy….loved the house league. “I want every game to end in a tie.” Of course I was 24 and I looked at him like he was from another planet but I soon understood the lesson; create equal teams, make every game close.
His other great line was “the sign of a successful season was a kid that wanted to play hockey next year.” Back in those days, before Survey Monkey and everything we do now to get people’s input, it was a far simpler barometer; did they sign up to play the next season?
So as we close the book on this season, what should define a successful season? Yes we hope every kid signs up for hockey in the fall of 2019…but I would say there are five key things that will define a successful season for any player in our program.