MSHS hockey squad sets great example

To the Journal editor:

My child, Owen, recently participated in the Cabin Fever Hockey Tournament in Sault Ste. Marie.

He is a 9-year-old who has a tremendous love for the game. He also enjoys talking with players at higher levels. When my son’s house squirt team, Marquette Elks, found out that the Marquette High School Redmen Hockey team was playing in Sault Ste. Marie, they decided to go and cheer them on.

They lost a hard fought battle, but won the hearts of many young hockey players. My son and his team was excited to learn that the Redmen were staying at the same hotel as us.

The Redmen, after a tough loss, were extremely nice to the wide eyed, young athletes who looked up to them. They shared hockey stories and answered the squirts’ questions. In the morning, my family and I were eating at a small diner when the Redmen walked through the door.

They immediately took their hats off without being told by their coaches. The players nearest our table had a polite political discussion and even said a prayer before they ate their meals.

In addition, the team that beat the Redmen came into the diner shortly after them, and not a single player took off his hat. I was truly impressed by the Redmen Hockey team and proud to be from the city of Marquette.

We live in a world filled with negative news and hatred. Moments like those in Sault Ste. Marie make me realize that good will always beat evil. It might not always win on the rink, but it does at the game of life.

Congratulations Coach Doug Garrow, other coaches, and to all the members of your team! Thank you for giving my son a great group of young men to look up to as role models.

Derek Cardinal