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Saturday, February 10, 2007

A day at the rink

Our son Eric had a hockey tournament yesterday. His team won the championship. The effort and energy of his team truly inspired all of us as parents. The team is in a non-competitive house league; the kids are playing for passion and love of the sport rather than to be NHL players.

I'm learning a lot in my responsibilities as team manager, about passion, commitment, teamwork, and unifying elements. Junior hockey here (like baseball, soccer and other sports elsewhere) is a true unifying force within the community; the parents come from a true diversity of economic and social strata.

Of course, it was a productive day -- though with three tournament games and one semi-pro game (to watch) there wasn't much time to think about the specifics of construction industry marketing. On the other hand, I am reminded of the importance of balance and family activities in our lives, and am thankful that I could put 'work' aside for yesterday's moment when Eric's team carried the trophy of success.

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