There are good people in the hockey world. Obviously, it’s not always sun shine and rainbows and everyone knows the hockey world has its share of not so nice people, but that’s what makes the “good ones” so special.
You see you don’t always have to agree with someone to respect them and build a lasting friendship and relationship with them within the confines of the hockey world.
You don’t have to be with the same organization to respect or admire someone’s honesty, transparency, professionalism, character and friendship.
Just because you want to beat someone in every facet of the game doesn’t take away from the mutual respect and depth of a friendship away from the game.
You see that’s what makes the “good ones” so special and unique.
You can call a “good one” at a moments notice and have the most trusted ally or ruthlessly honest friend and person in that moment of time depending on the conversation and topic. Everyone needs someone like that in their lives.
Within the game or outside of the game, when you build those kinds
of relationships you will never be alone and always supported, through the good, bad and ugly.
The “good ones” in the game of hockey are few and far between, but don’t worry they are always there when you need them the most. It’s not about making connections within the game, it’s about building meaningful relationships built on a foundation of trust.
The hockey world is tough to decipher or navigate sometimes with so many different allegiances, but at the end of the day the “good ones” that are in it for all the right reasons share a love, and unwavering passion for the game. Collectively everyone wants the game to flourish and get better. Everyone wants to leave the game in a better place than where it was when they first started.
You see that’s the mindset of all the “good ones.”
There are no ulterior motives, no one upmanship when you find and surround yourself with the “good ones” in the game.
The “good ones” are there, they might be few and far between, but there are more than you might think within the game of hockey.
The game has a unique way of connecting people. Everyone needs a friend, a mentor or trusted allies within the game, I just hope everyone can find and surround themselves with the “good ones” because they make life in the world of hockey truly remarkable.