Frank Sinatra’s masterpiece “My Way,” has nothing on Anthony Stella and Trevor Georgie.
The famous crooner didn’t write the song, but definitely he made it a hit, he made it his own.
Stella and Georgie certainly didn’t follow the convention championship blueprint of most organizations, but they certainly made it their own.
The 2022 Memorial Cup host Sea Dogs punched their way to the final last night after a thrilling 5-3 victory over league rivals and President Cup Champions the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Nothing has really been conventional for the Georgie and Stella over the last four years.
They have certainly done it their way.
No one really knows who wrote famous songs, everyone remembers who performed them, Paul Anka, Jacques Revaux and Claude Francis were the original composers of “My Way”. They laid the foundation for an amazing masterpiece. One could say Trevor Georgie and Anthony Stella did the same in Saint John.
I guess it all depends what lense you want to look through, because the optics over the last four years have varied considerably. The unconventional path to championship contender has caught many around the hockey world shockingly off guard.
“I really hope they don’t win.” has been a common theme as soon as it was announced that the organization had won the bid host the Memorial Cup.
Whenever anyone takes an unconventional path to success especially in the hockey world people start to doubt the process and people behind it.
Five coaches, numerous goaltenders, countless Euro’s and an historical amount of trades later the Sea Dogs find themselves in the rarefied air of potential Memorial Cup lore.
The Sea Dogs are one game away from proving countless critics wrong. Trevor Georgie and Anthony Stella have seemingly made that their mission in life over the last four years. You could say the exact same about their core group of players.
At the end of the day, will anyone ever really remember their decisions if the Sea Dogs hoist junior hockey’s holy grail on TD Station Ice?
History will tell the story, but it’s undeniable that Georgie and Stella did it their way.
As the song says it all.
“Regrets, I’ve had a few, But then again too few to mention, I did what I had to do, I saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course Each careful step along the byway And more, much, much more I did it, I did it my way
Yes, there were times I’m sure you knew When I bit off more than I could chew But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way.”